A Thinking Ape Careers and Employment
- CEOKenshi Arasaki
- Company size51 to 200
- IndustryVideo Game Publishing
- HeadquartersA Thinking Ape Entertainm...
Mission: We build communities.
We create mobile games with a social core that engage players and provoke us with creative new problems.
When we set out to make great games with massive online communities, we knew that we first had to create the ideal environment for building ambitious things. A place where brilliant and inspiring people could come together and build games that make millions of players happy. We realized that we needed to find incredibly talented people and get out of their way. Since then we've paid careful attention to how we like to work together. This is a brief summary of our guiding principles:
*OWNERSHIP: We take complete ownership of our work and act in the best interests of the company. We’re the type of people who care - a lot. It’s never “not my job.”
*HAVE WONDERFUL ARGUMENTS: We’re comfortable thinking deeply about important issues, and care enough to respectfully challenge decisions when we disagree. Mutual respect and checked egos allow for productive debate and better outcomes than any we would have achieved individually.
*THE BEST IDEAS WIN: We want everyone involved in problem-solving, regardless of their position. We frequently seek feedback from each other and our players in order to challenge our assumptions, and make data-driven decisions when possible.
*KEEP GROWING: We’re always building and improving on our skills and processes. We understand that when we learn, we see exponential improvement in ourselves, our products and our company. We’re never finished learning.
Together our values and mission are the driving force for why ATA exists and how we operate as a team. These cultural foundations are embedded in everything we do, especially in how we hire. We aim to hire people who share our values, believe in building communities and can add to our culture.
It's so refreshing to work for a company that actually cares about it's employees! I constantly have new and interesting projects and autonomy to decide how I want to approach my work. I love that I have accountability to a project and can see the difference my work contributes to our team and company goals. I've always felt that the executive team, lead and team care about my experience at ATA. They provide the support, guidance and resources I need to do my best work. I've been respected and feel that my voice is heard within all groups of the company. The entire team at ATA is personable, respectful, and smart! I'm grateful to work alongside such a great group of humans everyday. The remote-first environment has been a huge perk as well and I appreciate the flexible schedule it allows. You can tell that ATA has spent a lot of time and resources into making a productive high-trust environment where their people can produce amazing products alongside wonderful people.
AT ATA you get to work with really smart people who care deeply about the games they are working on. People are kind and authentic and everyone is working towards the same goals so there is not much politics and fighting for resources amongst teams. The leadership team is very transparent with the rest of the company about goals and financials. Managers have regular 1:1s and focus a lot on growth and development.
I have felt very comfortable working at A Thinking Ape since day 1. My team mates are friendly, open and helpful. I am respected by management, and they listen to my ideas. I like the formal 1:1s, where I can give feedback and get information about the company direction. They're very transparent with how decisions are made. This is a great place to be for someone who wants to manage themselves to some extent and not be micro-managed. They have a lot of people who have been at the studio for a long time, and take pride in their work and the progress as a team. I really recommend A Thinking Ape as a place to work!
I worked with a Thinking Ape for a little under 2 years. It was a fantastic work environment (which is now sorta classic startup culture): weekly catered lunch, beer-O-clock, massage chair, snacks, small core hours.
I would suggest to anyone looking at employment with them to move forward and apply! The application/interview process can be tough and only a small % of applicants get an interview, even smaller % get offered a job.
But this works great as those who work there are all top-notch in their fields and great humans on top of that.
Would highly recommend!
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