First few works takes some adjusting with the hours and job role. But if you work hard and get on with people it can be enjoyable at times. If you work hard enough it does get recognised and you can progress within this business if that’s what you want
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Tamworth – 2 October 2017
this is an ok place to work with good benefits, although the work is a bit monotanous. The managment in my opinion expect far to much in the way of production and only care about figures and little for the individual.
Ocado really isn't as bad a place to work as some of these reviews might make out. Currently work in despatch, arguably the most physically demanding area of the warehouse, so yes you will have to graft. The work is repetitive and monotonous but this is unskilled work in a warehouse so what do you expect. I agree the wages are a little low but the incentive scheme can be generous if you are prepared to put in the effort and some of the other none monetery benefits are very nice. Pay is every four weeks and is usually accurate. Long days with early start and no option of part-time it is full time job only. Very nice staff canteen on site which is cheap as well as on site shop (also cheap). Management are ok generally but are a few bad ones, it is true that advancement is unlikely despite what the company says but it can be done. Overtime is always available but poorly paid and the amount of compulsory overtime is increasing as is the overall work load in a shift. Shift patterns are quite flexible with the ability to swap shifts with others and yourself, request holiday and overtime. Holiday allowance is at the legal minimum after being cut in a recent pay review. Sickness policy is harsh with more than three absences per year resulting in the first step of the disciplinary procedure beginning. Very high numbers of foreign workers (Romanians and Bulgarians mostly) so it can feel like us v them on occasion. Job is very easy to land as staff turn over is high so you will practically walk into the job.
Cheap canteen, bonus scheme and benefits, people, plenty of hours available
Long shifts with increasing amount of compulsory overtime, pay is still too low but improving
Pros of working for ocado - Good pay - Ability to move up in the company
Bad points - Treated unfairly in my opinion - Pay sometimes is messed up - Unsociable working hours (up to 12 hours a day) -Management cant actually "Manage" staff - Worked like an absolute slave with a small incentive. - Will use the slightest thing to get you out as was unfairly dismissed for something not even related to my work.
horrendous place, inhumane almost, everyone there looked depressed. and no english people in sight. the way people are worked here is awful and i dont see how anyone could do this job without developing depression after a week
Ocado is a place where you can have fun,even we are working hard and continuously my colleagues are nice and time goes quick. After all Ocado is not a bad place to work but is very far and that's the only reason that I search for another job.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Hatfield – 8 May 2017
Don't work for them. If you work your hardest while others stand around, happy to earn the minimum, you still won't be rewarded by their so called bonus scheme. The only people who earn exra, are those who don't follow the on screen instructions, basically cheating the system.
A typical day in inbound would be standing at a automatic station and recieving stock using hand held scanners.Working in inbound you have to work in both in chilled enviroment and ambient.Working in inbound is really physical because you have to work fast to hit your targets and if you dont then the managers would be on your back.working 11 and 12 hours a day over 4 days is really tiring because all you do is stand in one spot and recieve stock.
All they think about is targets and not about the workers.
Dont supervise you properley
Get other people to do there jobs for them when they are not suppose to.
Lot of favouritism
Dont help you when you ask for help.
The managers Dont follow the company rules.
The managers dont like being told what to do by the workers even if you are right.
The hardest part of the job was working 11 hours a day and standing in one place and working really fast so you achieve your target every hour.Working 11 hours a day was really draining and tiring next you dont feel like coming work.
The good thing about working in inbound is the job is very easy its just recieving stock at a station.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Inbound – 1 March 2017
Better paid than other warehouse jobs. But overall not friendly colleagues. Everyone is focused on his target. If you're not a friend with people on PPT, you'll just have to accept that you'll reach your target reaaalllyyy hard.
Full of favouritism. Back smashing 20 holiday a year, break will take you 5 minutes to walk to canteen also unpaid, very unrealistic targets. always are promised training on other jobs which is always cancelled. De kit is the most boring job ever. Management is the bombshell pick on people. They Will get rid off you without a reason. They try to convince you with a bonus which is back breaking to get. Holidays are never available. Probation reviews are delayed, when you get uniform you recieve half and half a year later. Many more things that just a few points avoid avoid !
Working there was great, and everyone I dealt with couldn't have been any better. The only negative thing I would say is that at the very top, the company could be run better. The targets were pretty unrealistic, and it wasn't always that easy to know how you were doing. In terms of work life balance, it was fine for me but if you value your weekends, it might not be for you.
Great management, easy to get along with all cultures, learned a lot of health and safety about the workplace. A typical day at the workplace would be decanting stock for the pickers to successfully pick from. the hardest part of the job would be standing in one place for multiple hours. Everything about the job was enjoyable.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Dordon – 18 October 2016
ocado is a nice place to work in but the management is not that good (pmp recruitment). they didn't give any one a one on one session to tell us how we shall be at work and what they expect from us. it was the ocado management telling us what to do yet their values where different from the pmp recruitment.
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) – Hatfield – 6 October 2016
Good work environment if u like that sort of thing. The company is well organised, it offeres flexibility, a good and friendly work force and a wholesome work to get you by. Downside, transport essencial.