Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei vows to recruit more global talent as firm seeks to overcome US sanctions
- Huawei must pursue this international recruitment drive amid ‘a critical period of strategic survival’, according to Ren Zhengfei
- The Huawei founder also indicated that the company will continue to fund various research and development programmes
“Our company is now in a critical period of strategic survival and development, so we must have the required talent as we charge ahead,” Ren said in an internal meeting with Huawei scientists and other employees in August.
“We must recruit people who are more capable than us,” he said. “Our compensation packages must align with international talent markets, [be] higher than those offered by local talent markets. This is necessary to attract the best talent.”
Ren, who also indicated that “radicals” should be welcomed in the company, said Huawei has not changed its policies on salary and bonus distribution, job grade raises and company share distribution, despite the disruptions caused by US trade sanctions in the past two years.
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“There has been no chaos within the company,” Ren said. “Instead, the company is now more united than ever, and has even attracted more talent.”
Shenzhen-based Huawei had 197,000 employees worldwide, according to its 2020 annual report.
At the meeting, Ren answered questions from researchers who worked at the company’s various labs, including on Huawei’s commitment to long-term research amid the company’s struggles with US sanctions that have cut its access to major technologies.
Ren assured the researchers that Huawei will continue to fund various research and development programmes, some of which could take years before the company sees these efforts pay off.