3M
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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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90% Approve of the CEO

3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin

Inge G. Thulin

(164 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Poor Leadership

    Team Lead (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrific Sr Management and poisoned culture

    Management (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHealth insurance, corp card, work remotely?

    ConsCulture 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Frustrating and disappointing

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsSome good products and great benefits

    ConsPompous, 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 Senior ManagementEither 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".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Technical Analyst (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsFlexible 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Brookings location has horrible HR

    Team Lead (Former Employee)
    Brookings, SD

    ProsGet 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

    ConsHR 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 Senior ManagementGet 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Very Bullying Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNot too many benefits are about it

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it friendly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsExecutive management is utterly clueless.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Implementation consultant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementTrain 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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    3M and Volt Services collaborate to line each others' pockets while shortchanging Permatemp contingent workers.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Maplewood, MN

    ProsNon-management employees are friendly, but clueless to situation. Great opportunity to learn first-hand about the people and culture of India.

    ConsContingent workers are treated as second-class, or interchangeable pieces. The contracts negotiated with Volt have resulted in deteriorating compensation (paid vacation eliminated, paid holiday qualification nearly impossible). Forced 60-day "break" every 3 years for administrative and production workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you employ a "temporary" worker in a position for ten years, it's time to hire them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sourcing (Former Employee)
    Maplewood, MN

    ProsFree parking, but long walk in the cold winter; company store has discount paint brushes and other supplies.

    ConsLeadership by intimidation; arrogance unsupported by results; poor computing technology; archaic leadership methodologies; very old school; archaic, clunky computer system for managing contracts; one printer for a whole department of people. Everyone trying to pass on work as belonging to another commodity. Tattle-tell environment encouraged. They seem to have trouble with blue jeans on Fridays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore progressive management badly needed to inspire folks beyond the kindergarten frivolity that permeates the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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