The news came from Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters in early 2019. The telecom equipment manufacturer planned to lay off 15-30% of its Indian workforce. While the company was on the receiving end of sanctions from various countries the previous year owing to its close ties with the Chinese government, the news still came as a shock to employees.
“Until then, me and my peers were indifferent to offers from competitors. But soon, our indifference turned into regret,” says a former senior executive at one of Huawei’s corporate offices in India. Having served the company for the best part of a decade, he received his marching orders in November 2019.