ZTE
2.9 of 5 125 reviews
www.zte.com.cn Shenzhen, China 5000+ Employees

ZTE Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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2.9 125 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

ZTE President and Director Shi Lirong

Shi Lirong

(56 ratings)

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

Pros:
  • "Nice and talent people to work with; work-life balance,"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Good working environment, good relationship with co-workers"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "very bad communication between foreign managers and local staff"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Typical Chinese culture, no work balance"
    in 3 reviews
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I learned a lot in ZTE

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at ZTE as an intern

ProsThe trainer taught us advanced knowledge about telecommunications.

ConsThe position may be not challenging.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ZTE full-time

ProsGood colleague relationship, less pressure

ConsAmbiguity of work stream, inefficient communications between departments

Advice to Senior ManagementLocalization

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

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New Business U. S. Markets

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Reston, VA

I worked at ZTE as a contractor for more than a year

ProsWilling to work with end users. Sale most products and services state side to China Telecom. U. S. Telecommunications Carriers have not been trusting. Partially, due to the fact that the products before being shipped from China may forgo QA Test.

ConsWhen there is a layoff Americans will be first to go. In fact they will say that some of the Chinese have been laid off however, the Chinese employee's simply move to another U.S. city and report into a different office.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed American Mfg. plants and American leadership.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fast pace and nimble.

Technical Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsThe company is flexible and try’s to provide what the customers’ needs during development.

ConsQC and Post-sales support was a challenge.

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

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Project Engineer (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

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

I have been working at ZTE full-time for less than a year

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX

I have been working at ZTE full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

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

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

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

I have been working at ZTE full-time for less than a year

ProsThey have very flexible working hour

ConsInternal process is very long

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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