ZTE
2.9 of 5 136 reviews
www.zte.com.cn Shenzhen, China 5000+ Employees

ZTE Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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2.9 136 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

ZTE President and Director Shi Lirong

Shi Lirong

(60 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "work life balance, growing rapidly in China"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Good working environment, good relationship with co-workers"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor management and leadership, No career prospect for local staff"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Poor Management Skills, HR terms not so friendly"
    in 4 reviews
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    Project Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsNice and talent people to work with; work-life balance,

    ConsLack of management system, improve policy transparency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen-minded

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not the most ethical company

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    Prosvery aggressive and cutting edge. Innovative, inexpensive products. A company to watch. Very tenacious and competitive company.

    ConsWhat company does globally needs to be separated from US operations. Make no mistake, this is a Chinese company, run by the Chinese. Their attitude and contempt towards Americans is apparent. Very wasteful, very sloppy and inefficient work. Americans are barely tolerated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is legitimate way to break into the American marketplace. Do not use tactics that may have worked elsewhere (Philippines, Africa, Asia). You need to increase transparency and improve legitimacy of your brand.

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

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    Chinese Centric Company With Little Local Empowerment

    (Current Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsExposure to wide variety of telecom hardware
    Low cost gear that catches the operators attention
    Global footprint

    ConsChinese Centric Environment; little to no opportunity for Local Advancement.
    You are either a Chinese employee or Local employee and the company feels like two companies.
    Chinese employees constantly rotating through the office and around the world (locals largely excluded from this practice). Once a local establishes a working relationship with a Chinese expat they leave and the next person is often young and inexperienced.
    IT tools are years behind other telecom outfits (Lotus Notes, Office 2003 are widely used). Homegrown tools are often in Chinese only but if they are bilingual they are confusing and amateur-ish.
    High Turnover rate in Local Staff.
    Management Practices are not the norm for Western Companies but is improving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLocalize on a deeper level in developed markets (US, Europe, Canada, etc).
    Chinese salespeople in developed markets is the wrong strategy. If any position should be localized it is this critical position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional but confusing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsFriendly, smart and highly qualified people. Very strong knowledge of the telecommunications industry in general.

    ConsNo real business model to produce network equipment for the US market, compounded by the decision from the US government to become involved in procurement deals by US carriers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll employee feedback and suggestions are good, valuable and important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chinese Company for communications and telecom

    Technical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsIf you work on end products like cell phone, hot spot, WI-FI, IPTV and so on. It's good to grow up with this company on US market, especially you are a Chinese, and you like to work in the chinese environment.

    ConsFor US government restrict, ZTE can't sell core network products to US. And it's have a strong chinese culture background, if you can't speak chinese, it's like you work in a foreign company.

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove the treatment of employee and think some method to keep the excellent guys.

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

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    It is not bad.

    Finance Manager/Analyst (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThey have very flexible working hour

    ConsInternal process is very long

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Deceiving

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsZTE ultimately will do well in terms of penetrating the US market over time.

    ConsIf you are a local employee- forget about any decision making ability. This is the most siloed and bureaucratic places I have ever worked. I am not sure what the criteria is to be a manager in this company but competance is not high on the priorities. They will try to low-ball everyone for salary and then turn around and offer the sun moon and stars to someone less qualified based on who they know.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry trusting in your local people once in a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Acceptable

    Financing Manager (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsFlexible schedule as well as

    ConsLess than competitive compensation and

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise compensation level

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    Not as competitive as in Huawei.

    Presale Technical Support (Current Employee)
    Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

    ProsThe work is relatively relaxed compared to HUAWEI. People are nice to each other. A lot of highly competent employees.

    ConsThere is some red of tape. The operation isn't so efficient since it's state-owned company. There is also not enough training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to be more competitive, otherwise it's profit and market share would be squeezed by its competitors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long and hardworking, couple with very different management culture

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

    ProsContact with chinese culture, and new ways of reviewing the market. Opportunity to have first hand experience of working for a chinese multinational

    ConsContact with chinese mismanagement decision taking, almost seldom consider advice from western employees. Most high level position hold by members of chinese party. Many political interest affects business decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse best practices

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

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