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Ocado Technology Reviews

Updated 29 March 2018
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  1. "Best people and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The people. Everyone is bright and ready to help.
    - The culture. High focus on people and well being, no stress, a lot of room for experiment with a no blame culture, deep craftsmanship and opportunities to learn...

    Cons

    - Offices in Hatfield (40 minutes door to door from a Finsbury Park flat)

    Advice to Management

    Open offices in London


  2. "Not very impressed with this company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Andover, England
    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Andover, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company shop is alright

    Cons

    The engineering department seems to have a bit of a gang problem. The engineers and engineering management seem to resemble those gangs of bullies that you used to encounter in the school playground, who would snigger and make fun of you as you walked past, and laugh at you behind your back. They don't have the slightest shred of respect for people outside of their little "circles" and the Engineering managers are extremely un-approachable and blunt. This i can say for all 4 of them. It's not just a problem with one of them thinking it's alright to bully, it's all of them.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how you screen your people and what kind of personality checks you do, but you better change it to avoid spending all your time recruiting people. Because that seems to be a rather large focus at the moment.

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly culture to help and encourage software engineers to utilise their knowledge, expend their skill set and release their creativity.

    Cons

    There may not have enough room for employees to grow in some team/department/business area.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time

    Pros

    Career progression and wonderful people

    Cons

    The location is a problem for some who commute from London


  5. "Senior software engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I would definitely recommend friends to work here, I’ve been here a few years and think it’s great
    Great people to work with
    Open-ness and willingness to improve as a company
    Low stress work environment
    Plenty of opportunities to learn, explore, make mistakes as a developer
    Teams are given plenty of freedom to work in a way that makes sense for them
    I’ve moved teams internally a couple of times, and I’ve always had support from my team leads and wider company to do so
    Giving and receiving feedback is encouraged and managed really well, I’ve found it to be a really positive experience
    Never had any problems booking holiday
    Flexible working hours (core hours policy allows you to come in and leave when it suits you)

    Cons

    Working from home and remote working are generally discouraged
    Maternity/paternity leave is really bad
    Whilst engagement in general is really good, I’ve definitely experienced colleagues that aren’t engaged with the job at all, it’s felt like there’s not much discrimination between that staff that are engaged and work hard and encourage others every day, and those that don’t. I think this situation is improving though.
    Depending on the team, the out of hours support can be quite demanding (you are paid for this, but I found it affected my personal life too much to be worth it)

    Advice to Management

    Allow teams to experiment with remote working more
    Improve your maternity/paternity package

    Ocado Technology Response

    30 Jan 2018 – PR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review, and highlighting the pros and cons so clearly.


  6. "Software Engineer SE2"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, with a real desire to grow. Management are generally as supportive as they can be in offering developers the freedom to explore, experiment and fail.

    Cons

    Struggling to recruit and so for a perfectionist the code base can be overwhelming in terms of the volume of technical debt in places. Although I've definitely seen much worse.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people, aggressively hire people

    Ocado Technology Response

    23 Jan 2018 – PR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we are delighted you are enjoying the culture.


  7. "Technical Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Technician in Andover, England
    Current Employee - Technical Support Technician in Andover, England

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment with lots of different technology to work with

    Cons

    Restricted in what you can do even if you a professionally certified as most of Network, Windows etc is done by teams in head office

    Advice to Management

    When applying for a new job which is advertised externally & internally why would you make the applicant go through a promotion board

    Ocado Technology Response

    22 Jan 2018 – PR Assistant

    We're glad you are enjoying the environment! Sorry to hear you feel restricted at the moment, and we will see what we can do to make applying for internal roles easy as possible.

  8. "Ocado Engineer Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time

    Pros

    - get to work on exciting projects
    - rarely bored/always busy
    - fast growing company
    - lots of responsibility

    Cons

    - poor work-life balance
    - almost everyone at the company is overworked and underpaid
    - progression opportunities but not the pay rise to match

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people or you will have to spend more in the long run on recruitment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Current Employee - IT Team Lead in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Very open, trusting, and collaborative with a focus on letting software engineers do what they do best everyday. Ocado Technology, unlike many other companies, actually do Agile properly and allow each team's implementation to vary depending on the product needs and team fit. Tech stacks can also vary from one team to the next, because Ocado Technology want people to experiment with the latest cutting edge tech and incorporate it into their products if it's the right fit. The company also has a very flat hierarchy, with many opportunities to chat with management at all levels. It's very rare to see agility and willingness to improve and learn at an upper management level, but I can honestly say that I see that here. Overall, great place to work!

    Cons

    Hatfield location is not ideal. Salary offerings can't always compete with London salaries.

    Ocado Technology Response

    15 Jan 2018 – PR Assistant

    Thanks for the positive review and highlighting our culture!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Beware Of Gang Culture from the start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time

    Pros

    None to talk of. you get paid for the work you do.

    Cons

    As I said GANG CULTURE exisits, and do not complain to HR thats a bit like writing your own P45

    Advice to Management

    Tim Steiner, well he is busy building it up, as the Middle Management sabotage the Staff who keep company afloat, and god bless Eastern Europeans without whom Ocado as an entity would cease to exist.

    Ocado Technology Response

    15 Jan 2018 – PR Assistant

    Thank you for the review, and we're really sorry you felt that way. Management here operate an open door policy, so our employees should be able to raise any concerns with their team lead, HR or... More


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