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13 December 2018

How are senior leaders perceived at Ocado Technology?

Pros

Extreme cutting edge technology(for now) and lots to learn. Good benefits package and casual dress code. CEO is very capable and is building a strong company. Good for young engineers to cut their teeth in.

Cons

Huge cliquish culture. If you don't fit in, you will never belong and will be miserable. At best you get ignored or worse, completely ostracized. Jealousy between colleagues happens a lot. People will know what grade you are and they extrapolate on your benefits package based on that. Certain personality types will not fit into the culture. If you don't fit in with the managers idea of what is an ideal employee, be prepared for performance management plans with lofty goals which you have no idea of how to attain. Poor opportunities for growth or promotion, people with the weirdest people skills are promoted. HR seems to face significant turnover and feels highly inexperienced so don't expect experienced HR to help you out. Very poor work-life balance. Made worse by a policy of literally forbidding working from home, even though the software suites and working tools makes it very easy to work from home. Strong distrust ferments among colleagues if you ever win this concession.

Advice to Management

I distrust line and middle management so I'm not bothering. I can't reach upper management, not at the site I am based in so again I won't bother.

CEO is very capable and is building a strong company.

13 December 2018

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18 September 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Ocado Technology?

Pros

Nice place and very good office building, skillful and open-minded colleagues, payment is fine. No rush and no blame culture. Shared responsibility.

Cons

The 'value' culture was too much - awful experience. The learning curve is almost flattened. Too many meetings. Shared responsibility. For such a 'flashy' company payment is mediocre (I guess not for every position). The project I worked on was almost a 'dead horse'. Also low code quality.

Advice to Management

People should be more involved in technical decisions. Please lower the amount of meetings - less words more action. Very obviously there is some problem with team leaders, because nobody wants to be such.

Shared responsibility.

18 September 2020

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