3M Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
595 Reviews
3.6
595 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 27 reviews)

  • The best part of working there was the coworkers attitude and work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is isolated in their private dining room / gym / parking, etc (in 13 reviews)

  • Department organization is always fluid and upper management is often negative about the outlook of the company (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company full of idiots! And they are all at the top!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Higher On Floor  in  East Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Higher On Floor in East Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not one thing. There is one thing, I will be gone in three years

    Cons

    Pay sucks, tiny raises. No one can give you an answer. Six sigma (JOKE) Human resources is a bigger joke. Can't answer any questions at all!. The higher paying jobs are coming back, why would you ever want to work for 3M? They have totally forgot about the employee's that make or break the company. Stay away from the stock also, it is going to drop like a rock very soon if they don't change their ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying your people what they are worth, You are falling way behind. I never seen a company go bad so fast. Stop worrying about the bottom line or you are going to miss what all the smart companies know already. We are going to lose great workers to higher paying companies and the end will be near.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Many smart people, few who know anything.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have cool toys to work with.

    Cons

    However, they have many "educated" credentialed people, that have little practical experience. These people do not want to hear any objections to their grand plan. The plan is followed regardless of whether it is a good plan or not. Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea. Vendors should just give them stuff because it is 3M. This is a poor approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have so many Ph.D's. Hire people with practical experience. Not people who make up stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff and very friendly people, they had wonderful people doing the work (Devs, QA, BA's), but the projects were so mismanaged the majority of those great people were let go.

    Cons

    VERY poor leadership, management never accepting responsibility for mistakes made and the senior leadership teams ethics are less then stellar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrific Sr Management and poisoned culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Management in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Health insurance, corp card, work remotely?

    Cons

    Culture is a poisoned pit and dead! There are no new ideas, products and innovation doesn't exist, all talking points. There are two companies, the older employees with fully funded pensions, just counting down days to cash out and newer employees with no pension, options or opportunities unless you sell your soul to passive aggressive arrogance and incompetence. Have no clue about product development, can only acquire tech and them kill it. Nobody cares because company is so silo'd NOBODY in Sr mgmt is held accountable. When they fail, they're just shipped to another division to ruin that one. Products are all commodities and me too's, they don't belong in healthcare, playing musical chairs with positions every 2-4 years. These divisions are truly run by managers with NO sales, marketing, ops and relevant specific industry experience. This is truly a company to go to if you don't have a career and want to kill one you have. Many that have left had to take 3M off their resumes to get any interest, if that doesn't tell you something. If there was a negative rating, this company would get -5 stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop confusing the scoreboard with the game, stop lying to yourselves about the "success" of your company due to a higher pps over last few years. Stop manipulating revenue to achieve quarterly expectations. Start looking in the mirror. Start Reforming your Managers and all employees through rigid HR training on how and what to say to employees, not allowing and sweeping Illegal behavior under the rug. Start opening eyes to your incompetent, arrogant, clueless peter principled managers throughout and start putting your money on the employees. Pay is horribly inferior in market, HR creates a compa ratio band that ranges from almost 0-150k, so good luck with a worthwhile merit raise. Longtime managers are completely over their heads and many wouldn't be hired several levels below in any other company. You can only cut so much and fool yourselves and shareholders for so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    3M, over the last decade 3M is no longer the company that people grew up knowing and loving.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and able to do some work from home. Years ago, it was nice working there. There may still be some good positions available at 3M.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is quickly dying at 3M. Mostly contractors doing all the work now. Do not accept a contract at 3M if you think you will ever be made a 3M'er, no matter what any 3M manager say to the contrary. I actually wrote a detailed review about all the Cons, but I decided to retract it. Maybe you can make a difference there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen or care to read advice to them. So I won't waste my breath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some good products and great benefits

    Cons

    Pompous, arrogant, and far too many "managers" who add nothing to the bottom line, but pound on those who do. Good products, but seriously over-priced. 3M had no problem raising the price many times on numerous products as the financial crunch of 2007-08 was impacting businesses, thinking their sales would not be affected much. They lost many long-time customers just because of the insulting arrogance of doing so. It's a reflection of the mentality of the leadership of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either resign ... or eat some humble pie. Get out and sell ... I mean actually SELL something! Spend some time with your sales people out in the trenches and see what they have to deal with on a daily basis. The company is seriously "over-managed".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brookings location has horrible HR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Lead  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Brookings, SD

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get to rotate sleep patterns often. I liked the production people and the dedication to the job even when asked to work with 8 hrs. between shifts

    Cons

    HR is going to run this location in the ground. A Union needs to take over the production workers rights to protect them from Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new HR people who are not just puppets and hire some who care about keeping qualified operators. Been bad for 7 years now. Head hunters and witch hunters in HR now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A Very Bullying Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Not too many benefits are about it

    Cons

    Isolation - People are under a lot of pressure and it has been a bullying type of environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it friendly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The 3M corporate structure is in desperate need of intelligent managers with a sound work ethic.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has a good income stream due to post-it notes and scotch tape.

    Cons

    Executive management is utterly clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the stand up thing and replace yourselves with people who know how to get the job done right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Implementation consultant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    If you already have a very strong understanding of the product and worked and you don't mind giving up any life outside of work, this is a fantastic job for you.

    Cons

    No training, no work ice balance- heaven forbid you become seriously ill or require surgical intervention. You are told to "ask your peers" if there is a process you don't understand, the problem is most of your peers don't understand it either. Terrible documentation, "recorded training sessions" that unfortunately leave a lot of the major steps out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people appropriately, appreciate that people have a life outside work, all life does not revolve around 3M. Train people through the entire implementation process FIRST, don't jump around projects and where the project is so that people are able to gain a clear and concise understanding of the processes you expect.

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