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25 August 2020

What is the salary like at Ocado Technology?

Pros

- A very interesting domain with as many challenges as you have the time for. - Managers at all levels care about their colleagues. I was always able to be frank about my day-to-day frustrations, and I received a great deal of support in my career development from them. - A good number of the product owners transitioned careers from Ocado's warehouse operations, and as such they really know the stuff they're building. - Generally a great culture. Colleagues are friendly, intelligent, and know their domain. - A great place to start a career. Graduates get a competitive salary, and joiners are well supported by their teams as they get to grips with the domain. (The on-boarding experience may vary depending on the team you land in.) - Rather laid-back. Deadlines almost don't mean anything until you get the odd one that really does. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective.

Cons

- Pivot, pivot, pivot. The road-map is ever-changing and and the constant flux of priorities can make it exceptionally difficult to lead (and get time for) your own initiatives. - At the time I left, some rather unpopular decisions had been recently made by the senior leadership team which had started to negatively affect morale. - There aren't enough parking spots at the head-office in Hatfield for the size of the building. - Whilst pay starts off good for graduates, it doesn't keep up with the neighbouring London market as you progress.

Advice to Management

Nothing they're not already aware of.

Graduates get a competitive salary, and joiners are well supported by their teams as they get to grips with the domain.

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10 January 2021

Does Ocado Technology offer a weekly bonus?

Pros

Very inclusive culture, colleagues actually help each other, amazing product

Cons

Benefits could improve, no bonuses

Benefits could improve, no bonuses

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5 June 2020

What are other benefits and incentives like at Ocado Technology?

Pros

Interesting work with a massive scale - our work will impact the lives of millions of people globally. Great culture has kept me happy at Ocado for many years. Good benefits, my favourites are the sliding hours policy allowing me the flexibility to start any time before 10 and finish any time after 4 provided I do the contracted 8 hours of course, and the ability to have parcels delivered to work. The staff discount on groceries has saved thousands over the years. The share incentive schemes have also been very lucrative due to Ocado's performance on the stock market.

Cons

You might look at the head office location as a con - it's in Hatfield which is a short way out of London. For me though, the commute from London zone 3 out to Hatfield is much more pleasant than it would be going the other way.

Advice to Management

Yeah you're doing alright. Keep it up ;)

The share incentive schemes have also been very lucrative due to Ocado's performance on the stock market.

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9 November 2020

Does Ocado Technology offer stock options?

Pros

People are very friendly. Salaries are competitive They embrace new technologies (a bit slow, but at least they do) Wide variety of domains you can switch internally from front end to embedded and then to AI if you want Recently they started offering stock to their employees

Cons

Some things get waaaaay to long to get approved, we are talking about 6 month to get your team's API externalized. The management team in Sofia is a bit weak, which leads to many social escalations for example people wining for more money in public channels. Hiring process is a bit wanky and unbalanced. They ask everybody the same questions... and it really depends who is interviewing you. A candidate might be interviewed by a team which won't want him and still accept and just to put him into other team which hasn't even seen the person.

Advice to Management

Every stream should interview their own candidates. Be more strict with winey employees. Don't side with your team members if they are wrong, your job is not only to support but also to guide. Don't be scared from people with side hustles, they won't steal you code and will not work on them in their working hours. Don't be so afraid from home office, start measuring performance before and after home office was enforced and if you have data then make decisions.

Recently they started offering stock to their employees

9 November 2020

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