Futurewei Technologies

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Updated Apr 17, 2014

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2.6 18 reviews

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Futurewei Technologies Senior Vice President & General Manager John Roese

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Staff Researcher (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe pay at Futurewei is very high. Projects are very interesting.

    ConsA lot of International travel

    Advice to Senior Managementlocalize

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Secrecy, restrictions, and policies of company make doing development very difficult

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has its hands in interesting technologies

    ConsUsing a Mac is not allowed: you are provided a windows machine (big negative hit on productivity for OSS development). Even worse is trying to work on opensource projects: the proxy/firewalls make building anything requiring access to github (which is essentially all OSS !) a non-starter. Productivity is low in software development . Security rules from HQ in China are highly restrictive and make it difficult to get the job done.

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    Chinese culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsExperience working with a technology company with a leadership style similar to their Chinese headquarters.

    ConsIf you do not speak Chinese or are Chinese your opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove to a culture that is more like US companies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Primarily the jobs at Futurewei in the US are those for very highly paid researchers.

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsVery high salaries, working on state of the art technologies, etc.

    ConsIf you don't like substantial international travel. then this job is not for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake better use of the foreign experts. Engage more closely.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Americans beware!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary, change to learn Chinese, Get to work with great people

    ConsToo much control from HQ in China. Need to let local departments have more vitriol over policy material and expenses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Futurewei

    Director (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsA different experience compared to most companies. Get to work with people from other cultures and regions. Focus on new technologies and areas, as well as international markets.

    ConsToo much centralized control by overseas HQ group. Very cumbersome internal approval processes, especially for administrative tasks and management. This process overhead consumes significant amount of time and effort for most employees, due to the process-heavy nature of the company. HR and admin staff not up to par with industry in terms of service and response times.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid the crap unless handicapped and cannot get any job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsOpportunity to travel and play ping pong

    ConsAll what they want is your "expert" knowledge from Silicon Valley tech companies to feed their scarce of technology needed to build up a competing product. You will be quickly assessed for your value against the rate of 1:6.3 (USD vs RMB). If you are found not to have much expertise they want or they think you are a kind of "fake" expert, you may be "buried" quickly after you are "dug up" from your previous company. No long term things here as they don't want to invest and innovate much but just copy and quick return. The company has no chance to success here because of their China background and the way doing business untrusted by US government. Also their bad reputation may pollute your resume a bit if with them too long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo much advice to the management who does nothing wrong but the nature of the company, the immanent and inherited culture developed the freakish ecosystem of the company's environment. They make a use of so called "human wave tactics" and low cost labor to success but failed in US as the way to judge and use employees from American companies as from Chinese business. Basically they don't know how to run American business at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just like a start-up, Huawei is not for everyone.

    Vice President (Current Employee)

    Pros/This company is not driven by Wall Street. They will invest in long-term projects. Like Cisco they were not in the cellular networking business, after a 7 year struggle. The became Number one in the world. Financially,it may be more rewardingto work for a start-up, But in terms of gaining valuable experience, Huawei has been fantastic.

    ConsUnless you can understand Chinese, you will not be in the inner circle.
    Everything is made in China, including all decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLocalize. Fururewei is supposed to be a US legal entity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    deep hole, jump carefully

    Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosyou can learn Chinese, both verbal and writing

    Consno tech improvement, no reward,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is the worst place one can work in Silicon valley

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIt helps to pay the bills

    ConsWhile Huawei claims to have Futurewei as its R&D in US and told all employees that is why they want to be in Silicon Valley, all they are interested is to take what you know and have and get it to China. There is no long term career growth for anyone hired in US.
    While they are so afraid of their china competitors stealing their technologies and new product designs, they hire people with specific design and technical insides in mind from US technology companies and ask them all the know-hows and with a the clear objectives to duplicate.
    They hire people for their current technical needs (i.e. Cisco or EMC has this and that, Huawei needs to know how they did it and so we can offer that too) without any concerns of what/how these people can contribute to the company after that. Extremely near-sighted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn as fast as you can before everyone see through the hype of Huawei as a Chinese Technology power house.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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