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Ocado Technology Reviews

Updated 27 Jan 2020

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4.1
80%
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94%
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Ocado Technology CEO James Matthews
James Matthews
18 Ratings
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  • "Office spaces are comparatively noisy to other places I have worked and working from home is an exception(in 7 reviews)

  • "The Hatfield head office has become slightly overcrowded due to the company's rapid growth in recent years(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Very good employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kraków
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great projects, atmosphere at work. Very talented people

    Cons

    Some projects are splitted into multiple locations.

    Ocado Technology2020-01-27
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Team Lead in Sofia
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, awesome atmosphere, awesome culture. The pay is good.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Ocado Technology2019-12-23
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Shiny on the outside"

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    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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    Advice to Management

    You have an collaborative mantra. This works to a limited extent in engineering - you need space to focus and get stuff done, but the environment that has been created is not set up for that. The sheer difficulty in getting work-from-home time offers no sanctuary for when you need to concentrate on engineering tasks. Middle-management are hypocritical - they will say they want a collaborative environment, but this is because they want that, not because it is necessarily what the engineers want. There is a clear issue with space at the Hatfield offices but no suitable action is being taken to resolve this. Easiest solution is to relax working from home policy - this will alleviate parking issue, over-crowded canteen issues, noisy office environment, etc.

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    Ocado Technology2020-01-05
  4. "Great company with great people"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sofia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice environment with very well selected people who are always ready to help you. If you want to do something you have the full support from the company.

    Cons

    Not all benefits available in UK are available in Bulgaria.

    Ocado Technology2019-12-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Politics"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Watford, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None I can think of or make up

    Cons

    A lot of bullying. No respect for mental health

    Ocado Technology2020-01-15
  6. "The feeling of doing something important and cool people"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Kraków
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    – people are really familiar with the overall goal of the product, and whole organisation – recruitment process is about both tech and soft skills, it's really hard to find unfriendly colleague in there – company is open to internal initiatives – autonomy is a big deal for teams – office is really, really nice

    Cons

    – it might be hard for you if you want to just code and go home – best ice cream in Krakow are fairly close to the office, it's hard to stay fit

    Ocado Technology2019-12-01
  7. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Hatfield, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocado Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A friendly culture and good group of people. Fast growing which brings changes and opportunity. Supportive management. Tech Finance expertise is in general a good atmosphere. A grad programme that runs at the heart of the company. Aims of becoming better business partners will hopefully bring success. Tech business partners, that despite being too busy do in general want finance engagement.

    Cons

    Fast growth brings expected growing pains of quickly changing priorities. Unstable repetitive processes (could be seen as an opportunity!) Lack of flexible working.

    Advice to Management

    Finance flexible working needs to get with the times, it's a different standard to the rest of the organisation and the strict in office 9-6 regime is no longer the norm.

    Ocado Technology2019-12-08
  8. "Good tech bad culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice environment Cutting edge technology Intelligent and motivated people Free snacks Salary is ok Ticket restaurant Flexible hours Working from home allowed

    Cons

    Oncall support, but as each team is responsible for their software is your responsibility to keep the system resilient.

    Advice to Management

    We are growing fast, so try to keep this environment

    Ocado Technology2019-09-26
  10. "Great progressive company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocado Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement Positive working environment

    Cons

    Slightly below the industry standard for salary

    Ocado Technology2019-10-16
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