Huawei is the “Cisco of China” and a whole lot more. The breadth of their product line across datacom, telecom and consumer electronics is breathtaking. Annual sales are about $10 billion and growing about 80%/year. It is a microcosm of the Chinese economic juggernaut.
At this R&D center in ShenZhen, they employ 16,000 of their 30,000 R&D Engineers ( of which 6,000 are working on 3G wireless).
Engineering graduates are paid $6K per year. After ten years of service, they are raised to $15K/year.
Huawei is privately owned by its three founders.
(I look a bit disheveled after a mind-blurring whirlwind factory tour on a golf cart…)