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Nice people, bad salary, poor management and no progression
HR Administrator (Former Employee) –  Hatfield, Hertfordshire17 May 2018
I worked for ocado as an HR administrator as I wanted a career in HR. The work was extremely dull and repetitive - the majority of the day was spent booking meetings for HR advisors and printing out letters.
The salary was poor being so close to London (18k) and management style was terrible. My manager had no experience in HR and did not understand our job roles in depth.
Progression is a problem at ocado, as only a very small number of administrators move onto advisor roles or team leaders because progression is all focused on the graduates (who do the same job but earn 25k starting salary).
Only positive was that my team were amazing and genuinely lovely people!
Overall, I was disappointed with Ocado.
Pros
Nice team
Cons
Dull job, low pay, poor management and no progression
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No life if you work here
Customer Service Team Member CSTM) (Current Employee) –  Knowsley30 April 2018
skin and bone you alive worked here too long. and now they started planning after and before times slots. turn around routes so you come back and go out again!!! and alway get back late.. management don't care unless its time to give them a vote ... cant wait to find a new job... Salarys not bad, work almost every weekend in 13 weeks......
Pros
none
Cons
long trips, with min time to do it
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Bad management but good workplace
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) –  Andover, Hampshire27 April 2018
The workplace was good I enjoyed working in a warehouse however I was contracted to do 40 hours without overtime and they began to make me do around 50+ a week without requesting overtime which then made it hard to balance my home life
Pros
Benefits and bonuses
Cons
Long hours without request
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Horrible hours and no reward
Van Driver (Former Employee) –  Bristol13 April 2018
Very hard work, it may seem easy at first but the amount of miles and places they expect you to go are sometimes impossible so you end up on foot delivering.
No thanks from management if you go out your way to help and very bad hours
Pros
None
Cons
No social life
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If you dont want a social life its for you
CSTM (Current Employee) –  Bristol4 April 2018
Easy work can be heavy at times, they want you to live the Ocado way and nothing else (stepford wives). One good thing is if you finish early you can go home and still get payed.
Pros
Non
Cons
Shift pattern, hardly any weekends off, they give you a pay rise then take 3days holidays off of you.
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Productive work place
CSTM (Current Employee) –  Wimbledon, Greater London27 March 2018
Very good work place and people to be around very understanding about ur issues and helping with any problems you may have but the routes r too heavy and to mend jobs in a short time scale
Pros
Good staff
Cons
Bad route planning
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Great Company
Web Trader (Current Employee) –  Welwyn12 March 2018
It's a great reputable company to work for. Great benefits and culture compared to tother corporate companies. However as it is still relatively small there isn't progression and the pay is minimal.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Not High enough wages
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Do not look after their employees
HGV Class 1 Driver (Current Employee) –  Dordon15 February 2018
Poor management and not looking after drivers, you could be told you have a long run and when you arrive it has changed to a short run or vice versa. This meant that you could not plan anything after work. Management do not look after their employees.
Pros
Money and benefits good
Cons
Runs change from short to long runs without enough notice
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Hard work but do get rewarded with progression in the business if you work hard
Warehouse Operative (Current Employee) –  Tamworth, Staffordshire25 January 2018
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
Pros
Canteen food. Incentive
Cons
Early mornings and long shifts
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Good company
CSTM DELIVERY DRIVER (Current Employee) –  London18 December 2017
Everything is planned do van checks of you go for deliveries
easy job some time stairs might be problem parking for ocado you are only a number ! but better than tesco asda etc..
Wages are Ok cant complain a lot of bonus and benefits
Pros
weekly wages everything is planned fair company
Cons
shifts might be mornings or evening's - costumer might be rude
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Dartford
Customer Service Team Member (Former Employee) –  Dartford, Kent11 December 2017
Great working for them was great but i had to leave due to hours of working didn't go well with my girlfriends job hours over lapped and childcare was a problem. But the work place is great.
Pros
weekly pay
Cons
sav nav
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Very fun
Customer Service Delivery Driver (Current Employee) –  Leeds, West Yorkshire7 December 2017
Ocado is a good place to work with a good working life balance depending on the shift pattern you work. The job can be demanding in difficult weather conditions but is rewarding.
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Good place to work
Warehouse Operative/personzl shopper (Former Employee) –  Tamworth7 December 2017
Great job but just got to far to travel after 3 years on nights would be a great job if your local or in walking distance overall good place e to work for
Pros
Great staff shop
Cons
Can be long hours
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Groundhog Day
Personal Shopper (Former Employee) –  Dordon, Warwickshire3 December 2017
A typical day involves starting at 0430, going to the brief (where the managers talk about the night shift's progress and any problems that they had. They also tell you whether compulsory overtime is likely. After the brief, you go to your allocated starting floor and are at the mercy of the computer system until you log off at the end of the day. There are two 34 minute breaks and the first one could be as early at 0640 or as late as 0930, the computer system chooses this for you.

Positives:
- 15% off ocado.com
- 3 days off a week
- The app for your roster is very good. You can swap shifts and book holiday.
- People are generally friendly.
- The onsite shop, restaurant and clubroom are good.
- Overtime is often available
- You always work the same shift.
- Good parking.
- Incentives.

Negatives:
- Relentless, monotonous, boring work. You pick, pick and pick all day, with high targets.
- It's like being back at school in some respects. For example being locked out of the system and having to talk to a manager to explain why you were late back from a break. If you borrow something and don't return it, or you forget your ID card, you effectively get locked out of the building and have to wait for a manager to get you.
- Very controlling place to work.
- Annoying break times.
- Compulsory overtime. To be fair, it's usually only about 10 minutes extra, but means that you can't plan the rest of the day in case you have to stay for an extra hour or so.
- They are very inflexible.
- Not easy to report problems.
- Communication is appalling. As an example, managers
  more... almost never give you an update on progress as you get close to the end of the day. Often the totes slowly fizzle away until you start to think "so can I go home now, or...?" This is especially annoying if they announce compulsory overtime and you have no idea whether you'll be there for 10 minutes or an hour longer. Also on this note, they always talk about working as a team in the daily brief but it must be the worst "team" in the world as you can easily go the whole day without talking to anyone!
- You are just a number.
- None of the managers talk to you after your training week, until you get called into the office for a 6 week review.
- No easy way of suggesting things, such as carrying out basic maintenance of the stations.
- Management is obsessed with production.
- Incentives encourage people to be lazy, leaving you to clean up after them and reducing your pick rate.

Overall, I gave Ocado 2 stars because despite all of the negatives, it could be a lot worse. I consider the salary to be about right for the type of work and the perks are nice. I wouldn't recommend working there, but it's better than no job.
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Pros
4 days on, 3 days off; staff discount, people are mostly friendly
Cons
Long days (but fewer working days), relentless work, monotonous, little communication with other humans, compulsory overtime
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good rates of pay
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) –  Watford, Hertfordshire7 November 2017
loads of running around, freezing cold working in the fridge and freezers. retail warehouse for major food chain. good rates of pay for the night shift
Pros
good rates of pay
Cons
too much running around up and down the stairs to different computers.
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Very unhelpful hard work
CSTM (Current Employee) –  Hatfield12 October 2017
Not easy & terrible management they do not care about workers & put alot of pressure on the new employes, there is good benefits that's about all what is positive
Pros
Pension
Cons
Long hours to much pressure
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Best in Class
Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee) –  Oxford, Oxfordshire3 October 2017
I have only worked at Ocado for the last few months and I have to say, I am more than impressed with the culture and facilities and benefits for employees. Yes if you crash your vehicle or are rude to customers, you will face action but previous Reviews overplay this. Compared to competitors, Pay and Conditions are excellent and you are well trained and looked after. Yes there are petty complaints that staff moan about like any business and yes, the shifts are a commitment but you get rotas 3 months ahead and swaps and holidays are easy to book. If you enjoy driving and giving good customer service, this is a great job and progression is always on offer if you want it.
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ok place to work
Warehouse Operative (Former Employee) –  Tamworth2 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.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
long hours and compulsery overtime.
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no social life allowed, stressful job little benefits, wage poor for job demands
Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Leeds4 September 2017
no social life left, stressful job little benefits, wage poor for job demands. Crazy start times, little back up from management, guilty first and always have to defend yourself from any customer complaints, company take no action against customers who abuse you verbally or make false accusations.duty of care is lacking.
Pros
none
Cons
most things
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Ups and downs
Warehouse Operative (Current Employee) –  Dordon, Warwickshire8 August 2017
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.
Pros
Cheap canteen, bonus scheme and benefits, people, plenty of hours available
Cons
Long shifts with increasing amount of compulsory overtime, pay is still too low but improving
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