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Futurewei Technologies Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
19 Reviews

2.7
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    Senior Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies, a lot of international travels if you like, working with people from different culture backgrounds, promotion opportunities if you could figure out how to work inside the company

    Cons

    salary and bonus are very good, great training opportunities as you can go to conferences and shows but you need to convince your managers to support, budget is not an issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    localize, simplify the internal process or create local process, HQ process is too heavy and not suitable for a small R&D organization in US

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    Pros

    The company has its hands in interesting technologies

    Cons

    Using 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.

  3.  

    Chinese culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to a culture that is more like US companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    uturewe

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Researcher  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Researcher in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A lot of International travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    localize

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better use of the foreign experts. Engage more closely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Americans beware!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Futurewei

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Too 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Avoid the crap unless handicapped and cannot get any job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel and play ping pong

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    No 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Localize. Fururewei is supposed to be a US legal entity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    deep hole, jump carefully

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    you can learn Chinese, both verbal and writing

    Cons

    no tech improvement, no reward,

    Doesn't Recommend

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