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Ocado Technology Overview

Hatfield, East of England, England
501 to 1000 employees
2000
Company - Public (OCDO.L)
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Ocado Technology is on a mission to revolutionise online grocery retail through serial innovation.

We are the proud creators of the world's most advanced eCommerce, fulfilment and logistics platform. Born at the intersection of five ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Where will our innovative approach to technology take us next? We have big ambitions, and we hope you'll join us as we shake up new industries.
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    Ocado soars as investors spy a new tech stock - Reuters TV

    Ocado stock has soared about 150 percent over the past year. Investors are warming to it as they come to see the firm as a tech stock, more than a retailer.

  • Great hiring practises are crucial to great culture. AJ King chats to Shane Hastie about the importance of: context, compromise, content. Listen in.

    Andrew King of Ocado Technology on Great Hiring Practices and Designing Culture

    In this podcast, Shane Hastie, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Andrew King, Organisational Scientist at Ocado Technology about the hiring practices they use and how to design the culture you want.

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Ocado Technology – Why Work For Us?


We are solving some of the hardest technical challenges in the world of online grocery, and adapting our technology for applications that disrupt new industries. 

With everything from websites to warehouses designed in-house, our departments are specialists in a wide range of technologies, such as:

  • Automation and robotics
  • Data science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data and the cloud
  • Web and app development
  • Algorithms and smart optimisation
  • Discrete event simulation

We work with a wide range of languages, frameworks and technologies, and the list is evolving all the time to meet new demands.

Each team works together to decide which technologies will best help them achieve their goals. We've highlighted a few in this gif but it's by no means exhaustive. If you're curious about a particular technology, have a look at our StackShare profile, search on the jobs page or get in touch.

We have five values that we believe foster the best team dynamics and have a tangible impact on our employees' day-to-day lives.

They are:

Trust - the foundation of great teamwork is being able to depend on and support the people around you, knowing that you’re working towards a common goal.

Autonomy - we encourage our team members to do everything they can to create autonomy for the people around them by sharing skills and information, so everyone can help drive our great products from development to done.

Craftsmanship - we believe in creating high-quality products, knowing it will not only improve our customers’ experience, but save us time in the long term if it doesn’t need fixing or rewriting. We place great importance on the continued development of our team members’ skills, doing all we can to foster growth.

Collaboration - at the heart of great tech work is strong creative collaboration. We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and encourage group decision-making to reach the best outcomes.

Learn Fast - derived from the term “fail fast”, we believe in an agile way of working with an emphasis on fast feedback loops, continuous improvement, and experimentation. We encourage everyone to try out new things and when experiments fail or succeed, we learn from it and share that learning.

Meet Zara, Technical Recruiter, and Kelly, In-House Recruiter. Here's why they love Ocado Technology and what they're looking for in a candidate. To contact them email technologyjobs@ocado.com


"We have a diverse, multicultural workforce, and instead of placing value on titles, we value a workforce of ‘can-doers’. When I’m recruiting, I’m on the lookout for these ‘can-doers’ – people with an entrepreneurial spirit, people who make a difference."

Zara



"I love working here because it’s exciting, there’s a buzz and always something new happening. That’s also why I think it’s a great place for grads and interns. We’re one of the most dynamic tech companies out there; there’s always something new to work on."

Kelly

Ocado Technology Reviews

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    "Perfect place, great people, great processes"

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    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working flexibility
    A lot to learn from colleagues
    Really high level of knowledge in the teams
    People are hired for their knowledge, and everyone is really listening to your solution
    Great place to grow skills
    Offices are amazing
    Everyone is friendly
    Encouraged to be who you are (skills, look, etc)
    Good and cheap canteen in the office
    Lot of side projects, if you want to change

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower than the average, probably
    Hatfield (the office location) is a small town with nothing to do, so it's better to commute (lot of better towns nearby)

    Advice to Management

    Keep working in the same way, but increase the salaries to good employees

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Ocado Technology Photos

Ocado Technology photo of: Bots at work in our super automated warehouse
Ocado Technology photo of: Diversity Employer of the Year award
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Ocado Technology photo of: International Women in Engineering Day
Ocado Technology photo of: Our bot hive is part of the most advanced grocery warehouse system in the world
Ocado Technology photo of: From the software running the bots to the 4G wireless protocol they communicate over, our incredible automated warehouse technology is designed in-house
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Ocado Technology Interviews

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    Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hatfield, East of England, England
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Ocado Technology (Hatfield, East of England, England) in June 2018.

    Interview

    Multiple stage interviews over a number of weeks:
     - Telephone interview with department head
     - Onsite interview with department head
     - Onsite behavioural interview
     - Telephone interview with another manager
     - Onsite presentation with 4 managers

    Interview Questions

    • How have I dealt with difficult people and projects   1 Answer
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Ocado Technology Awards & Accolades

  • 13 Employers That Are Great For Working Women, Glassdoor, 2017
  • Tech Company of the Year, UK Tech Awards, 2018
  • Overall Technology Innovation of the Year, Retail Insider, 2018
  • Best Case Study in AI Deployment, CogX Awards, 2018
  • Diversity Employer of the Year, Women in IT Excellence, 2017
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