LightInTheBox

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LightInTheBox Reviews

Updated April 17, 2014
Updated April 17, 2014
3 Reviews
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    depend on the team that work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at LightInTheBox full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    a very promising industry and very challenging everyday. have some training and very international with many nationalities

    Cons

    company culture is not so respectful. very beaurocracy, cannot talk things with people that higher level than you. very slow promotion process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meet great colleagues, limited ability to learn or advance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at LightInTheBox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The foreign workforce at LightInTheBox is easy going and fun to work with.
    Vast array of product lines
    Ability to grow Chinese language skills if you are wanting to learn Chinese.
    Ping-pong table in the courtyard can make for some excellent lunchtime stress release.

    Cons

    All foreign employees are required to process(or hire an agent) and pay for their own work permit and residence permit(work visa). The process is relatively convoluted and prices vary from 3000-9000rmb for a year.
    Inexperienced micro-managers that are promoted for their ability to brown-nose vs. their actual skill.
    Said managers and department directors are often disengaged from their work, until something happens and all of a sudden they are minutely involved for a brief spurt making everyone's work miserable.
    The CEO often yells at people in his office, audibly with the door closed, and sometimes takes it out to the general office space, his language is rough and rude, but always in Chinese, so if you don't speak Chinese it will offend you less. (this is how I learned Chinese insults)
    If you want expand the reach of your position be prepared to sit-down and shut up, and then possibly have your ideas stolen.
    If you make suggestions at improving things in a holistic cross-department way, you will be told to mind your own business.
    Most Chinese employees are hired cheaply directly from University and any with talent don't last long.
    Even though they recognize talent they are not willing to pay for it.
    Beijing office location is remote, not easy to access, and there are few restaurants around. The office lunch room is too small for the entire office, and there are few restaurants nearby, the lunch-room is cacophonous for an hour making it difficult for those sitting near it to get any work done.
    There is little employee development with the exception of Excel classes that all new employees are required to attend and then take a test for, this process is essential for passing the probation period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value talent and reward it.
    Become a proactive corporate culture not a reactive corporate culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    If you don't cheat you on the salary, then it would be okay to stay for a while.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at LightInTheBox

    Pros

    - The foreigners at the company are usually fun
    - You bond with the expats, because you're all in the same situation
    - You can choose whether to start at 9 or 10am
    - Once you're familiar with the routine, the pressure to work hard is off
    - There is a Starbucks on ground floor of the building
    - There is a very cheap canteen in the basement

    Cons

    - It's a lot of politics; you get promoted because of who you know, not because of your capabilities
    - Because of the previous reason, you'll get managed by young, inexperienced people who don't really know how to manage.
    - The company doesn't pay for your visa, but will demand you to get an L-visa and that you also pay the full 6000rmb for it
    - The bureaucracy within the company is strict. They use a card swiping system. If you swipe it at 9:01.01 (9am, 1 min & 1 sec), you're considered late, even if you stay half an hour till an hour later in the evening (you have no choice really, see next point). If this happens 4 times in a month, they will deduct 1/4 of your day salary for each time you were late (including those 4 times).
    - Even if you work from 9 to 6, you can't leave on time because you have to 'save' your director's face
    - There's no habit to praise or to compliment you on your work, neither will management take initiative to discuss your performance and award you for good results.
    - The CEO and directors yell at their employees, and they have repeatedly make their employees cry in front of their co-workers
    - The majority of products they sell are of very low quality
    - Because of all this, the turn-over rate at LITB is extremely high. Some people who negotiated a decent salary stayed for over a year, but most people try to finish their one year (for their resume) and then get out very soon after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on quality of your products, service and how to treat your employees. Start showing some respect for your employees, and they might do the same.

    Doesn't Recommend

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