What it does: Provides delivery service and logistics services.
Best known for: Being one of the largest technology-based logistics companies in Southeast Asia's. Ninja Van is one of the logistics partners of Shopee, a Southeast Asian e-commerce operator.
Staff stats: More than 1,000 employees in Southeast Asia.
The good bits: The company gives its employees flexible work schedules. Management gives some priority to the improvement of the work environment.
The not so good bits: Medical plans and other benefits are not given to entry-level employees.
Launched in Singapore in 2014, Ninja Van was established by online retail businessman Lai Chang Wen, tech engineer Shaun Chong, and sports enthusiast Tan Boxian. They wanted to build a business that would revolutionise logistics in the Southeast Asian region.
The team's combined expertise in e-commerce, tech development, and the Southeast Asian market led them to the creation of Ninja Van. For them, what the region needed in terms of logistics was a dependable partner that worked for its clients discreetly, just like real ninjas.
The company started operations in Singapore and later expanded to other Southeast Asian nations like Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
Applicants who wish to work for Ninja Van may apply online or through a recruiter. Once selected, the candidate will go through three interviews, a face-to-face interview with the HR, a Skype interview with a manager, and a final interview with a direct supervisor. The entire process may take a week.
Ninja Van offers a flat organisational structure, giving graduates and employees more autonomy to find innovative solutions and meet day to day and strategic challenges. Ninja Van offers opportunities to move laterally into different work areas. Despite being a relatively young startup, this tech and logistics organisation offers graduates opportunities to move into roles such as business intelligence analyst, software engineer and product development analyst within one to five years.
Entry-level salaries at Ninja Van start at IDR 6,000,000 per month, with mid-level employee salaries starting at IDR 14,000,000 per month. Technical and managerial posts can enable employees to earn as much as IDR 68,710,000 per month.
Ninja Van has a startup culture where every employee is given autonomy to develop effective solutions and strategies, which results in higher levels of responsibility. The culture is said to be collaborative, with employees keen to share their experiences and provide support to other team members in problem-solving initiatives. Employees are encouraged to communicate with all levels of the organisation, with open communication a priority.
Ninja Van is supportive of its immediate communities in each of its branches in Southeast Asia. Ninja Van Myanmar, for example, has a yearly commitment to donate to the community centres near its branch in Yangon.
Ninja Van prides itself on developing software that disrupts the industry and delivering service that excels. Expect a fast-paced environment with this tech startup, where over 1000 deliveries are made every minute. Top-performing employees asking for more responsibilities and more opportunities is a day in the life at Ninja Van, where humility and tenacity are valued characteristics.