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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 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

  • Our new London development centre is open! It will be home to 200 technologists working with clients around the world. Be in at the start of a really exciting venture http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vM0fl

    Locations Index - Ocado Technology

    Hatfield is the Ocado Technology headquarters, located a short trip away from central London and right next to our first automated warehouse. We work closely with our colleagues in Ocado Engineering and Ocado.com, so being onsite allows us to be part of the action.

  • We're very proud to be shortlisted for the Masters of Reinvention category, Real Innovation Awards 2019! Please vote now :) http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMctC

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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
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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

  • Featured Review

    "If you think you'll be working for an online Supermarket you'll be pleasantly surprised :)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Almost everyone there is a pleasure to work with, you'll find people that are very smart but also humble and happy to help out, and at the same time eager to learn from you. Dealing with people from all over the hierarchy (which exists, but isn't thrown at you), is never a stressful situation and there's a genuine interest in solving problems, not finding who to blame.
    A very fast paced environment, where you'll feel like you're building a massive airplane while making sure it's still flying (and you're inside....if you're wondering...). I'll list this in the cons as well since it's not for everyone.
    This company takes learning very seriously and it shows, everyone is allowed to take some time to learn and improve their skills, but of course, you then are expected to share your knowledge with people around you.

    Cons

    Fast-paced, lot's going on at the same time and sometimes it seems like we should just focus on one thing at a time.
    Some processes are still maturing, so not everything runs smoothly...but then again, tell me one place where it does...
    The complexity of the software, systems and the business in general means that it doesn't suffice to be good in tech, you'll have to learn about other areas.

    Advice to Management

    Not all departments are treated equally and that causes a bit of discomfort among the employees, more effort should be put into making sure this doesn't happen.
    Keep doing the changes that are been done recently, it's painful to some but very needed, most people agree with them.
    Keep being open and as transparent as possible, people appreciate that. With that in mind, sometimes things just take too long to be decided, as an ex-employee I think it would be ok for the CEO/CTO/CxO to use this quote more often:
    “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
    ― Jim Barksdale

    All in all, management is doing a great job.

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Ocado Technology Photos

Ocado Technology photo of: Bots at work in our super automated warehouse
Ocado Technology photo of: Ribbon cutting London development centre
Ocado Technology photo of: London development centre opening
Ocado Technology photo of: SOMA Horizon 2020 project – a major breakthrough in robotic manipulation
Ocado Technology photo of: Diversity Employer of the Year award
Ocado Technology photo of: International Women in Engineering Day
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Ocado Technology Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

     

    Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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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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