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Updated 18 Sep 2019

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  1. Featured Review

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

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time for 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.

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    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 Technology2019-06-29

    Ocado Technology Response

    July 1, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for this detailed review and really positive, useful feedback. We appreciate it!

  2. "Nice atmosphere, interesting problems to work on"

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    Current Employee - Machine Learning Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can work on interesting problems with smart people A lot of training and development available, and budget to go to conferences Innovation is encouraged

    Cons

    Don't really have any major cons

    Ocado Technology2019-08-29

    Ocado Technology Response

    September 12, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Glad to read everything is going well so far

  3. Helpful (1)

    "You will just be a minion"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - smart and friendly colleagues - company is investing in interesting technologies (vertical farming, automation, etc) - opportunity to work on a product at scale - free fruit - free safari online subscription + conferences (if you don't get your request rejected) - company seems to be doing well with a lot of deals signed recently and growing a lot - possibility to change teams

    Cons

    - people team do not help or care even though they spend an hour explaining to newcomers that they help for everything - you have to chase HR a long time in order to get any answer/legal document - too few toilets, they are always full and seldom clean - code quality is disastrous in Ocean (legacy product) and mediocre in OSP (new product) - impossible to work remotely so everyone lies about having doctor... appointments or waiting for deliveries to "justify" working from home - no career growth if you are shy as working outside your team is the only thing that is valued to get promoted - SE4 (highest grade for Software Engineer) is impossible to attain unless you work in the platform team - Social event only happens once every two months and you would be lucky to get a slice of pizza and a beer as there is not enough for everyone - No time is given to improve code or processes - low salary compared to London - if you are unlucky enough to end up in Ocean (legacy product) your career will take a massive hit as technologies and processes are outdated and code quality is abysmal. Management too is outdated in Ocean. - graduate recruits are lured in with promises of working on the new platform with microservices but are then told that there is no room and sent to Ocean - free instant coffee is not good - high turnover

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    Advice to Management

    Value your developers more.

    Ocado Technology2019-09-15
  4. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Service Desk in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of different technologies, Linux, Unix, Cassandra, you name it - they use them all.

    Cons

    I can’t tell any, but must enter at least five words here.

    Ocado Technology2019-09-10

    Ocado Technology Response

    September 12, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for this review. To-the-point and glowing; we love it!

  5. "Decent alternative to the big tech companies"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Unclear / inconsistently applied progression path

    Ocado Technology2019-09-03

    Ocado Technology Response

    September 12, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for the review. Great to see you enjoyed your time with us. You may have spotted there's been a lot of discussion and updates to our Careers Model recently so hopefully the team are pleased with the results.

  6. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in London, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and capable team, plenty of office benefits, good wage, nice office

    Cons

    Location - Hatfield isn't the nicest city

    Ocado Technology2019-08-22

    Ocado Technology Response

    September 12, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Good to see you're enjoying the benefits of Ocado Technology! Sorry you're not a fan of Hatfield. Our London office opened recently so maybe you'll have the chance to work there in the future.

  7. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great culture, benefits, good mission

    Cons

    Not quite a London salary.

    Ocado Technology2019-07-18

    Ocado Technology Response

    September 12, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for the review – it's always good to get feedback about what our employees value and where they want us to improve

  8. "Never too stressful at ocado"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a great variety of work. If you're not happy with the current team you are in it is very easy to move to another that is more suitable.

    Cons

    It's relatively well paid but does not compare to similar jobs in central london regardless of the fact that the work being done there tends to be more complex than your average software engineering job.

    Ocado Technology2019-06-16

    Ocado Technology Response

    July 1, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    We're glad you mentioned the variety of work as there is a wide range of skills and projects at Ocado Technology – hopefully you've found something that really interests you. Thanks for your feedback.

  9. "Good Company for Graduate Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The company promotes a friendly and positive work culture. - There is always opportunity to learn new things when required. - The company provides a comfortable rewards package, including a generous salary in addition to a wide range of other benefits. - Ocado works on some particularly engaging problems and allows employees the opportunity to work on new projects if requested.

    Cons

    - The Hatfield head office has become slightly overcrowded due to the company's rapid growth in recent years.

    Ocado Technology2019-04-27

    Ocado Technology Response

    May 22, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    We're really glad everything's going well for you, particularly that you find the environment friendly and there's lots of opportunity to learn and sink your teeth into interesting problems. Thanks for your feedback about office space.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, strong in technology

    Cons

    Less competitive when you become senior

    Ocado Technology2019-03-12

    Ocado Technology Response

    April 5, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for the review

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