I joined Huawei here in the Philippines two years ago and I have considered it then as the best personal decision I made career-wise. Considered as one of the leading industry movers and innovators not only in the country, but also the whole world, the company is being picked by many of the industry professionals who wants to have lasting career growth. Thus, it really thrilled me to be part of their roll and to work for the biggest project that they have acquired here in the country.
Being new to a multi-cultural environment, there are a lot of adjustments to be made. Language and cultural differences most likely posed as a challenge. Our bosses are results-oriented and they expect the same from the team. Just like any other industry, the expectation is high with regards to your KPI delivery and most of the time this drives us Pinoys half crazy. Over time, I have learned to deal with all the pressures by developing creative ways to deliver the project. Luckily, I have found my mentors who have helped me hone the needed skills to step up and be able to live up with the expectation.
Huawei is known for its highly competitive work arena and those who knew it would tell you that it is not always sunny in the work place. In fact, it is almost always to be an active battlefield, so to speak. But due to this nature, there are lots of learnings that an employee can acquire during their tenure in the company. I have yet to share three of them:
1. Not all problems can be solved by the conventional ways. There are most likely ten solutions inside the box to resolve a problem and 1,000 more ways outside that box. Do not give up when you cannot resolve the issue when all known solutions have failed. There are other workarounds that one can do, you just need to find it out.
2. Work is a never ending process. Your achievement today will be a history tomorrow so you need to be consistent in what you do. If you strive hard to consistently deliver your KPI, you minimize the chance of failure.
3. Target is target. This puts emphasis on the need to have focus on what you do. By knowing what you need to deliver, you steer yourself to work in achieving what is expected of you.
At the end of the day, the company also invests on its manpower enhancement; to develop the employees’ skills and be able to produce leaders not just followers. And this, I think, is one of the reasons why the company thrives in the global market. I am continuously enjoying my journey with Huawei despite all the hardships, sacrifices, stress and pressures that has become part of my daily routine. Needless to say, there are different things to look forward to every day.