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Ocado Technology Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 9 Feb 2020

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Ocado Technology CEO James Matthews
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11 Ratings
  1. "Great culture and interesting projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company culture, inclusive , interesting new technologies, fast paced, sensible working hours

    Cons

    Chaotic management structure, project manager estimations are always wrong

    Ocado Technology2020-02-06
  2. "Ocado Values = Tool to limit free speech and opposing opinions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some very talented and helpful coworkers. - Nice building. - Good money for the amount of work.

    Cons

    I could talk about minor annoyances like the lack of coordination between teams, lack of well thought-out long term strategy and confusing processes, but there is actually one much larger problem lurking around this company that every new starter should know about before getting into this place: That is, if you like free speech and actually making a difference instead of being a puppet, you will hate this place. It doesn't matter how nice and helpful you are to other people and it doesn't matter how politely and constructively you disagree, you will be told to be silent. Not in these words of course, you will rather get a sh.. sandwich. They will very politely sit you down and make you go through the "Ocado Values", making you log your time and go through each minute, comparing it to the official checklist. Did you disagree with your leader's exact commands? You lack trust, which is an Ocado Value. Big mistake. Which is ironic, given that trust is impossible in this company. They successfully created an environment where even if you have a friendly discussion in private with a teammate, whatever you said there you might hear it back later as a complaint against you. Not to your face of course. This makes everyone walk on eggshells all the time, especially people with more unstable circumstances or a family who cannot afford to lose their jobs. Which is the majority here. On the other hand, if you don't care about things like this, you just want to sit around with a headphone, fix some bugs at a very comfortable pace and not have to have any of your own input or say about things, you basically have nothing to worry about. So it really depends on your personality.

    Ocado Technology2020-02-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Shiny on the outside"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice clean office thoroughfares. Decent food in the canteen. Free dinner if you stay until 7pm (sort of a bribe). Nice sports facilities down the road. They are okay for you to make up the work if you want to head down the gym for an hour or so.

    Cons

    The toilets are shockingly bad at flushing - a simple requirement not met. Parking is a major issue. Core hours are 10am - 4pm, but you won't be able to get a parking spot after 9:15am most days, so you'll have to park a kilometre away and walk in! The floors in the office are exceptionally wobbly, meaning that anyone walking through the office makes your screen shake. Office spaces are comparatively noisy to other places I have worked and working from home is an exception. Meeting rooms are at a premium and are booked way in advance, so no-where to go and get sanctuary if you need to focus on some work. Salaries are about 20+% below those in London. No work performance-related bonuses. The contract is 40 hours per week, so if you want to take 45min for lunch that's extra time you need to work!

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    Ocado Technology2020-01-05
  4. "Good tech bad culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Good tech! See similar review for more details

    Cons

    Poor culture - see similarly titled review for more details

    Ocado Technology2019-11-19
  5. "Comfortable, with good perks"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free dinner (7pm) Discount shop (Company Shop) Subsidised meals Some smart colleagues Many friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Not the best leadership in teams

    Ocado Technology2019-09-28

    Ocado Technology Response

    October 3, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for the review; it sounds like everything is going so well so far but with room for improvement. If you have more feedback for the People team, or have some specific concerns, please get in touch on Slack or contact your team lead or head of centre, whichever is appropriate.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "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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    Ocado Technology2019-09-15

    Ocado Technology Response

    October 3, 2019Social Media and Content Lead

    Thanks for the feedback – it's always useful to get detail we can use to improve. We'll make sure this is passed on so action can be taken where needed. In the meantime, if you have concerns around personal development, we'd strongly recommend speaking to your line manager to work out a plan that's right for you. Also, look out for updates on Slack around the Careers Model as well as Q&As and drop-in sessions.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent alternative to the big tech companies"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  9. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  10. "Never too stressful at ocado"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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