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9 April 2019

Pros

Ocado CFC4 Erith is a fantastic place to work. Excellent work life balance. Only 15 minutes drive from my home.

Cons

No real opportunities for career advancement at the CFC4 Erith site. The onsite work is very specific and unique to the industry. A lot of the skills picked up might not be transferable to other Jobs.

Advice to Management

Management should try making the role more interesting by providing proper site training for staff and possible cross site stints on a regular basis.

No real opportunities for career advancement at the CFC4 Erith site.

9 April 2019

Reviewed by: Senior Technical Support Services Technician in Erith, England (Current Contractor)

14 November 2018

Pros

Great relaxed atmosphere where people strive to work together to produce high quality, technology leading solutions. People are very friendly and dress code very relaxed. Use of leading technology and agile methodologies, Constant training and improvement opportunities supported by a new career model. Excellent benefits package.

Cons

Lack of processses in some areas but this is being addressed.

Constant training and improvement opportunities supported by a new career model.

14 November 2018

Reviewed by: Development Manager in Hatfield, East of England, England (Current Employee)

15 September 2019

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

Advice to Management

Value your developers more.

- no career growth if you are shy as working outside your team is the only thing that is valued to get promoted

15 September 2019

Reviewed by: Senior Software Engineer in Hatfield, East of England, England (Current Employee)

2 October 2020

Pros

Good opportunity and a good Challenge

Cons

Systematic, you do well if you look like them

Advice to Management

I was lucky to have a good manager

Good opportunity and a good Challenge

2 October 2020

Reviewed by: User Experience Designer in Hatfield, West Midlands, England (Current Employee)

5 February 2020

Pros

A wide range of benefits Transparency Career development possibilities Great work and team environment Everything and everyone is amazingly efficient Life/work balance A rather healthy company's culture Countless training courses, workshops, and conferences on display

Cons

So far, I have no downsides to point out.

Career development possibilities

5 February 2020

Reviewed by: Anonymous in Barcelona (Current Employee)

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