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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

  • Check out our 360° video where you can take a virtual tour of our automated warehouse in Andover. Have a look around while our presenter speaks to some of the people who took this from a concept to a reality!

    A 360° tour of Ocado's Andover CFC3 automated warehouse

    In this 360° tour of our automated warehouse in Andover, we speak with some of the people who were instrumental to building the software and infrastructure systems that power this state-of-the-art facility.

  • Ocado reveals new game try and encourage students interest in computer science. Check out the preview here:

    Introducing AI:MMO, the new game from Code for Life

    Ocado Technology is announcing AI:MMO, a new educational platform designed to empower secondary school students in the UK and worldwide to study algorithm design and smart optimization strategies while playing a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. AI:MMO is part of Code for Life, a non-profit initiative that delivers free, open source games and teaching materials that help students learn computing.

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Ocado Technology – Why Work For Us?


Solve unique problems

Our departments are solving some of the hardest technical challenges in the world of online grocery. Here are only a few examples:

  • Building a world leading, cloud-based e-commerce, fulfillment and logistics platform for grocery retailers around the world
  • Developing a traffic management solution to simultaneously control thousands of crates around tens of km of conveyor with an astronomical number of different routes
  • Creating the cloud-based analytics and communications protocols to oversee the operation of thousands of robots in real time
  • Designing robots that can build the most advanced automated warehouses for online grocery or that can pick grocery items without damaging them
    Simulating and emulating the behaviour of the most complex, automated and sophisticated warehouses for online grocery fulfillment
  • Designing user interfaces to enable customers to shop for 50 items in just a few minutes
  • Processing the data from thousands of van routes each day so as to predict the best routes for the vans to drive tomorrow

Work with the latest technologies

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 champion a values-led culture to get our teams working at their very best and to create a working environment that people love to be in. 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.

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
Ocado Technology photo of: International Women in Engineering Day
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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    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

  • 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
  • Cloud Services, Ovum On the Radar, 2017
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