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Bol.com Overview

Utrecht (Netherlands)
1001 to 5000 employees
1999
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Internet
$2 to $5 billion (NZD) per year
Competitors

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We are the largest online retailer in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Our story started back in 1999 when we opened a online book store. Nowadays our customers always find what they are looking for. We offer an infinite choice in price, deliver options and ... Read more

Mission: By 10 million customers. This is what bol.com is all about. Whether you work on front-end or back-end tooling, all of our IT endeavors are geared towards optimizing the customer experience.

We also stimulate growth through training programs, hackathons ... Read more

Bol.com Reviews

  • Helpful (6)

    "Worst experience in my life"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Utrecht (Netherlands)
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    I worked at Bol.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    So much events are organized throughout year (mostly in Dutch)

    Cons

    I started my career at bol.com in June 2018 and had a traumatic year. I landed to a complete Dutch team, so they all had to switch their communication to English for an international junior. Team members explicitly stated their unwillingness to communicate in English as a great welcome.

    Team members were very reluctant to cooperate/communicate with me and manager wasn’t very helpful. I started to hear negative feedbacks about me from my manager(I would prefer to receive feedbacks from teammates first) and indeed tried to reflect on feedbacks even if I wasn’t agree. How much ever I worked to be a better engineer, teammates picked up negative situations with a needle and came up with bad feedbacks. For example, I tried to attend to an important meeting with software architects about our team to observe and learn, but I received “losing focus and trying to participate other projects” feedback.

    My contract was for one year and I wasn’t a citizen of an EU country. I was aware that I had to go back to my country if bol would not extend my contract. At the same time understood that I had no chance in that bullying team and wanted to switch to another team. This request had been blocked by manager by saying “let’s open a new page in new year”.

    A new manager came and I had good 2 - 3 months. She told me everything is going good and for sure I’d receive an extension; maybe even a permanent contract. At the same time I realized picking up negative situations with a needle feedbacks started again. We had an incident on a software I mostly built (and peer reviewed). All the team except me had meetings about incident and “new way of working” titled meetings. I was explicitly not invited and discriminated in team by not invited to a meeting about team’s way of working. I expressed my dissatisfaction about the situation with my manager and she said “I should focus on my job”. One week after, I was fired out of blue. Moreover, that manager sent a mail about my departure to whole department and stated reason to leave was “low performance”.

    Thanks god I was able to find another company in a short period of time.

    It was hard for me to overcome psychological effects I had in bol. I would not advise to anybody such a toxic company like this. Don’t believe to contract extension promises managers give, I’m not the one who left out a small time to find another offer.

    Advice to Management

    There are some people who stayed in the same department for 10+ years together and became architect/managers. I advice to move them around once in a while.

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Bol.com Interviews

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    Product Owner Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bol.com.

    Interview

    First step was a application by cover letter and cv, then a short phone call. First meeting with hiring manager, then personality test and capacity test. Then a case also, and another meeting to present your case.

    Interview Questions

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Bol.com Awards & Accolades

  • Sterkste Retailmerk(Retailmerk), Retail Merkenonderzoek, 2015
  • Beste Online Warenhuis en Beste Mobiele Webwinkel(Online Warenhuis / Mobiele Webwinkel), Thuiswinkel Awards, 2015
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