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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Ocado head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    71% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 168 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do Ocado workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    61% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 175 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Ocado pay market rates?

    Most people are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    57% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 112 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • No career progression

    Are people given support to progress at Ocado?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 58% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 168 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Ocado pay sick pay?

    Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    71% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 166 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Not good for students

    Is a Ocado job good for students?

    Most students say this is a bad place to work if you’re studying

    How we know this

    67% of students report this isn’t a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Ocado workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    59% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 132 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Ocado enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    52% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 48 job reviews

  • People aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Ocado?

    Most people don’t feel stressed here

    How we know this

    60% of people say they don’t feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 174 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at Ocado good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    50% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 58 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do workers at Ocado get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    68% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 178 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Ocado get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    60% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 166 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Ocado recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    59% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 188 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Ocado is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    69% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 166 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Ocado?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    84% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 173 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Ocado?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    78% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 152 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Ocado?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    83% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 179 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Ocado managers change shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    90% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 180 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Ocado pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    77% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 174 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Ocado?

    People get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 9% report getting one week notice or less
    • 12% report getting two weeks notice
    • 4% report getting three weeks notice
    • 65% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 11% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 189 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Ocado feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    77% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 166 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Ocado do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    83% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 176 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Ocado worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    93% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 176 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

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How Ocado ranks

Ocado ranks joint 10th to work for in retailers

  1. 10= Build-A-Bear Workshop
    7.0
  2. 10= Ocado
    7.0
  3. 13= John Lewis & Partners
    6.9

Pay ranges at Ocado

  1. £9.59–11.13 per hour

  2. £9.04–10.50 per hour

  3. £8.74–10.72 per hour

  4. £11.79–15.40 per hour

Ocado job reviews

  • Best thing

    The driving. Seeing the scenery.

    Worst thing

    Worry when starting, if theirs a complaint waiting, worry when returning and sugni g the van back in, incase you missed damage when you left or you didn't see somone damaging the van or the bollard lamp post sign, and your blamed for it.

    6.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Working on my own, never driving in same area, weekly pay,

    Worst thing

    Running late through warehouse issues, occasional rude customer. Lack of trust from employer/ job security.

    5.5

    Employee, June 2021

About

Ocado is a retailer. They sell food, including M&S food products, and operate exclusively online.

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Jobs by location

  1. 66 job openings

  2. 30 job openings

  3. 11 job openings

  4. 11 job openings

  5. 9 job openings

  6. 8 job openings

  7. 7 job openings

  8. 6 job openings

  9. 1 job opening

  10. 1 job opening

  11. 1 job opening

  12. 1 job opening

  13. 1 job opening

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

9% report getting one week notice or less
12% report getting two weeks notice
4% report getting three weeks notice
65% report getting four weeks notice or more
11% report having a fixed rota

Based on 189 employees

What contracts are people on?

Full time 98% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 171 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 93% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 189 employees

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