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Ocado Technology Overview

Hatfield, East of England, England
1001 to 5000 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 disruptive 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

  • Our UK grocery retailing partners were able to deliver 40% more online groceries during lockdown. In this guest post for TechUK, Isabel Richards, our Head of UK Development Centres explains how #AI and #Automation helped us to help them.

  • “Boston Consulting Group and MIT polled almost 2,500 bosses and found that seven out of ten said their AI projects had generated little impact so far.” Artificial Intelligence can be a truly powerful tool. Inside Ocado Technology, AI touches everything from our webshop forecasting and delivery routing to predicting when bots in our highly automated warehouses need maintenance. In fact, our use of AI and automation is the only proven way to deliver online groceries scalably, sustainably and profitably. We shared best practise with The Economist for other businesses looking to implement and benefit from #AI projects.

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Ocado Technology – Why Work With Us?


We're 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
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Our tech stack is evolving all the time thanks to the strong level of autonomy within our teams. The main technologies we work with are: Android, AWS, GCP, iOS, Kubernetes, Java, Javascript, Microservices, Node.js, Python, Swift.

There are many more under the hood, so ask your recruiter if you'd like more details. 

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

What would you like to be when you grow up? If you want to work at the cutting edge of technology and shape the world of tomorrow, join our innovation factory.

Ocado Technology Reviews

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    "Great company that care for the tech and the people!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in London, England
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    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    What I prefer about Ocado is the people in it. Very smart and always supportive of each others! The company gives us a lot of trust which leaves us with a lot of autonomy to work.

    Cons

    Since there is now an Office in London, there are very few Cons in my view. I sometimes find that there is a bit too much to do for the time I have.

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Ocado Technology Photos

Ocado Technology photo of: Bots at work in our super automated warehouse
Ocado Technology photo of: Bots on the grid inside The Hive – a key part of the Ocado Smart Platform, our highly automated logistics and fulfilment platform
Ocado Technology photo of: Lunch at Tim's Diner
Ocado Technology photo of: The Grumpy Mule, our in-house coffee shop
Ocado Technology photo of: Monitoring The Hive – a key part of the Ocado Smart Platform, our highly automated fulfilment and logistics platform
Ocado Technology photo of: An engineer working on one of our state-of-the-art bots
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Ocado Technology Interviews

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    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Ocado Technology (Wrocław (Poland)) in April 2019.

    Interview

    The interview was divided for three stages. First I had possibility to talk with recruiter on the phone screen. She has given me a lot of the answers to most of my questions.

    Then there was a first stage of actual interview divided in couple of sessions which gave myself opportunity to meet people at Ocado and ask my questions as well. All the sessions has been conducted in friendly and open atmosphere. I've been charmed by the working culture and people who had chance to talk to.

    Next stage was based on presentation from my side to potential coworkers in the form of Team Interview. There were various questions about my preferred approach to solving the issues in team as well as my preferred leadership style. It's unique opportunity that Ocado gives to get know each-other before joining the team.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you approach conflict resolution?   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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