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Huawei Technologies Santa Clara Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Huawei Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, flexible working conditions. Good managers.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy with respect to contractors.


  2. "TECHNICAL RECRUITER"

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    Current Contractor - Contract Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - Contract Technical Recruiter in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Huawei Technologies as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love R&D technical environments... the breadth of technologies I'm exposed to is amazing.

    Cons

    Offer process can take a long time

    Advice to Management

    Try to influence HQ to speed up offer process

  3. "Technical Project Manager."

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    Former Contractor - Technical Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Huawei Technologies as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn.

    Cons

    Hard to engage partners for discussion.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide more feedback.


  4. Helpful (19)

    "Run, dont walk away from this company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Huawei Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. Initial salary is attractive.

    Cons

    Futurewei Santa Clara exists only to repatriate Chinese American engineers.
    In US, >85% of workforce is chinese. Most conversations are in Chinese which creates cultural and language barriers. All decisions and flows are micromanaged by mainland headquarters. No products are produced for North America. No leadership only follower behavior. All programs are offshored within 2 years of
    being started. All documents are encrypted and time out within months. All design flows are obsoled by HQ. You clearly feel like you work for a China only company. There is a China first mantra and the company exists to provide access to silicon valley. However no projects are adaquetely resourced, only chinese engineers are encouraged and all employees turn over after 5 years. All projects are bid to win, unresourced, required to work with China teams, told thet are overpriced and underperform. No information is shared on requirements or usage, making it difficult to optimize systems. Nightly meetings with mainland staff and frequent trips to mainland are the norm. Benefits (medical, etc) are marginal. If you dont speak the language you are at a severe disadvantage.
    Constant turnover of management and staff. Missions are not long term.
    Constant project justification and status instead of empowering teams.

    Advice to Management

    You are not fooling anyone. There is a reason the US government doesnt work with you.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Not eaqual opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Huawei Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are standard reasonable market range

    Cons

    Not good for non Chinese and women
    Very hard to communicate
    Most of managers are Chinese
    No eaqual opportunity for non Chinese

    Advice to Management

    Diversity


  6. Helpful (27)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Huawei Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Pay is good
    2. HR is helpful

    Cons

    1. DO NOT join this company in USA, especially if you are on H1B. They have a history of hiring people and firing them once the project is done. If you are on H1B, it can jeopardize your career. For GC and US Citizens, only reason you can work for this company is if they pay you well above the market compensation levels, but even then it is not worth it because of reasons stated below. Many companies are paying similar and not abusing their employees.
    2. Poor Management. No peer technical discussion. Managers will ask you to create a project plan assuming multiple resources available. Then they will not provide the resource, and use the project plan that you created to track you back, under totally unrealistic deadlines. Managers will provide wrong directions and hold you responsible for their incorrect decision making.
    3. Lack of work ethics/decorum: Managers will pretend that they are doing you a favor by paying you more than people employed in China. They openly say in meetings that “you are paid 5x compared to Chinese employees so you should work 5x more”. No effort estimate will be done for the work. You will go to meetings and they will review the items not done and humiliate you for what is not done. Again, I have been told, “I don’t care how it will be done or how many hours is needed, it needs to be done in 2 days”. They will formally track your progress against an unrealistic schedule, probably because they would need this documentation for legal purposes when people are fired
    4. Lack of power in US: Most decisions are made in China HQ. So your manager will blame you if your group missed a bug. Everyone higher up blames people down the hierarchy to save their jobs . Your manager will expose your weakness and hide your strength, so that if some thing wrong happens, they can blame and fire you while retaining their own job. This is true whether you are a manager or an employee.
    5. Poor infrastructure: IT infrastructure is poor. Compute resource is limited. Too much restriction in accessing documents etc causes loss in productivity.
    6. Zero Training: Forget about training sessions. You will not learn anything because there are no training videos, poor documentation and even zero discussion.
    7. Competition over co-operation: Managers here promote a culture of competition over co-operation. China folks don’t trust US folks and vice versa. Everyone in US wants to be manager, no one wants to work
    8. Communication problem + time zone issues: You will have to work with China folks starting from 7pm. Most of them don’t understand English properly
    9. Lack of diversity: Practically zero female engineers and less than 10% non-chinese people
    10. Cafeteria: food sucks


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Issues with organization, culture, language & support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Huawei Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company looking to develop leading technology and advance their global standing.

    Cons

    Some business rules made little sense and often get in the way of progress.
    Significant culture class and in some cases English language challenges.
    Large complex organization with US operations lacking support from upper and middle management.
    Business Units compete with each other, instead of working together to solve customer problems.
    Discrimination - only Chinese can participate in company stock or equity.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to develop internal innovation or how to acquire and successfully integrate it.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Huawei Technologies as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    hard to find good points

    Cons

    The manager never trust any team member, he want us work over time but would not like pay us. he do not know the technical details, he do not know the time need to get things done and think it fro granted and push us every day by false deadline, he is not honest man. his solution in mose case does not work. but he do not care how we implement it, he only want it in a impossible limited time. the workstation is very old 2010 bought only 2G memory.
    Not all managers in Huawei are same like this one. This project started 3 years ago. but before I left the team still has not be build up. None would like work there for more that 3 months. 3 members had left before I left. I am the last engineer there.


  9. "Great to work for a successful market leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Huawei Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Huawei is giant in the telecom industry. The company is doing all the right things to emerge as the market leader in multiple market segments. This is possible largely by attracting, rewarding and retaining top talent, which Huawei is very good at managing. Being part of Huawei presents so many opportunities for continued learning and growth. I like the prospect of working for a successful company where performance is the yardstick for reward, but budgets never are a constraint. The culture and core value of Huawei put the customer at the helm. Huawei is also an equal opportunity employer with a very competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    This is applicable to the US divisions: even though there is enough local autonomy, HQ can be intrusive in creating operational hurdles and bottlenecks. This is probably true of all US-headquarter global companies, but difficult to digest when at the receiving end.

    Advice to Management

    To attract local talent, especially the millenials, it is critical to focus on brand equity. The Huawei brand lacks presence in the US, so pay attention to enhance image perception in order to become a desirable employer.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Anything But An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Huawei Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Biggest brand in the market
    Pay is good, way above average
    Locations tend to be very good worldwide
    Attracted a lot of Cisco's previous employees due to their recent lay off, so some smart people there

    Cons

    Let's start with a previous review stating that Huawei is an equal opportunity employer. Whoever wrote that probably is now struggling to hire talents for the company so he/she had to say nice things about this company...

    All recruitment plans are controlled by the HQ in China, and they are the most racist, sexist, and ageist I've ever encountered in my career. Denying any application of colored people has been their usual practice even in London and Santa Clara. There are some Indians working here in Santa Clara, but they are trying very hard to hire as few as possible going forward.

    Local Chinese who work in HQ are very good at playing a game called: 'ohhh I'm so busy this job is killing me but first, let me take a 2 hour nap after lunch. ' If you want to know the full picture of what locals they tend to hire, go to Quora. Sadly, they're also the ones more valued by the company.

    If you're younger than 40, and still aspired to make a career for yourself, do not join this company.

    If you're older than 40, providing for a family of 4-5, income matters a lot and you don't mind office politics in a Chinese company, and good at being a 'yes-man', then might as well. After all, the pay is alright. Although be aware, they also can find any reason to fire you in a blink of an eye.

    Advice to Management

    None. Guess that's how it's supposed to be done. So called wolf culture. Did I mention that when you join, you also need to 'study' the CEO's speeches? Yep, that's your orientation right there. Idolize him or you're out.


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