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Bol.com Reviews

Updated February 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Ondernemende cultuur, veel vrijheid voor eigen ideeen" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Veel vrijheid om aan te pakken wat je wilt" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Het bedrijf is erg groot geworden in de 6 jaar die ik hier heb gewerkt" (in 8 reviews)

  • "De organisatie is enorm gegroeid" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Nice company and culture. Overal, highly recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Bol.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice culture
    Freedom
    Ability to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not very international
    Compensation could be better


  2. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bol.com part-time

    Pros

    Several cafeteria options, good food,
    It has an open office.
    An enterprise with startup culture.
    Nice colleagues.

    Cons

    It is a big company. You need to pick your colleagues and manager.
    You need to attend lots of meetings.

  3. "Great company, mid-low salary"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bol.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great company for a software engineer. Sky is the limit of you want to do something useful. Very Flat hierarchy for a big company. Teams have autonomy. Company follows latest improvements in tech industry, therefore very nice tech stack. Management is open for feedback and ideas. People are kind and most of them are knowledgeable. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are a little bit lower than similar size companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've done and rearrange salaries.


  4. "The Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Security Engineer in Karāchi Lines (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Senior Network Security Engineer in Karāchi Lines (Pakistan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bol.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cooperative people to work with.
    Professional environment to gain experience

    Cons

    Employees dont get their wages on time.
    Official policies keep changing for no reason

    Advice to Management

    Trying changing the salary timings


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bol.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment.

    Nice work/life balance.

    There are some very smart people around.

    Cons

    Low salary in comparison to the market.

    Some teams are stuck with very legacy technologies.

    Most of new (junior) sw engineers hires don't have a CS background.

    It is not an international company! Communication within the IT department is in English, but other type of communications or social events are completely in Dutch!

    Advice to Management

    Be picky with new hires and stop hiring Young Professionals that do not have any Computer Science background.

    Increase the salary.


  6. "Forward thinking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bol.com part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment and nice colleagues. Overal good to work with new software and techniques.

    Cons

    Salary is a bit on the low side


  7. "Bol.com"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bol.com (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company, nice atmosphere, stimulate experiments, technology driven, open management

    Cons

    career track, salary is a bit low

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

    Bol.com Response

    Jun 27, 2017 – Employer Branding Specialist

    Thank you for your positive feedback on bol.com. We are happy you are mentioning 'stimulating experiments' and 'technology driven'. Since we find this very important. Important for the growth of our... More

  8. "Nice company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Informatie Analist in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Informatie Analist in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bol.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment, flat structure, leaders are very accessible, great building and facilities, Bol support you on external training and events, meetings with the whole company to share and celebrate good results, it is growing fast and have good opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    It is not an International company yet, most business side still only in Dutch but they are working hard on creating and exploring more Diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace diversity! There are multiple benefits on developing and implementing diversity plans. Employees from diverse backgrounds bring individual talents and experiences in suggesting ideas that are flexible in adapting to fluctuating markets and customer demands. Also variety of viewpoints and more effective execution.

    Bol.com Response

    Dec 7, 2016 – Employer Branding Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review about bol.com. We are glad to see your positive feedback. Also thanks for the advice you give us, we will take it in consideration.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Front-end development"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bol.com (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will get to work on the largest webshop around in the Netherlands. Performance in some areas is top notch. The company itself has a great atmosphere. They are open towards employees. The way they operate in teams is very nice (both for business as for developers).

    Cons

    Frontend is not really something the company wants to invest in. Something which makes it hard to attract good other true frontend engineers to aid the ever growing company.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give an advice other than the fact that frontend is so low on the agenda. Boosting the one thing that is our channel to which we talk to pur customers would make it 10/10.

    Bol.com Response

    Dec 7, 2016 – Employer Branding Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review about bol.com. Thank you for your honest feedback, we really appreciate this. We will take your feedback and your advice in consideration.


  10. "Great company that's growing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Buyer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bol.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work with great colleagues and an engaged management team. There are weekly drinks on fridays and many other activities on/around campus either facilitated by the company or its employees

    Cons

    High pressure on merchandising teams can sometimes be unfair and unrealistic in terms of what can be expected. High turnover growth generally does not come with high margin growth

    Advice to Management

    Stay realistic towards goal setting and be fair to those who clearly put every effort into achieving the impossible

    Bol.com Response

    Jul 22, 2016 – Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review about bol.com and your experiences. We are happy to see your positive recommendation and take your advice in consideration.