3M Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance left something to be desired (in 38 reviews)

  • Large company with good benefits (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea (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. Helpful (2)

    (3M Motor Vehicle Systems) Bleeding Money...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    At least they had a cafeteria and lots of parking.

    Cons

    Every project was in the red, literally. Neither Waterfall nor Agile worked. Management was awful and the Business Analysts had no idea how to write proper functional requirements. All of this was thrown on the Developers with finger pointing and scapegoating leading to massive layoffs.

    The office was remodeled in 2011 with an automobile theme and it came out looking like a kindergarten.

    No promotion opportunities. I asked 3 times for a raise and was denied. After I couldn't take it anymore, I left and immediately got hired by a company down the street (not joking) for over 30% more base salary.

    Advice to Management

    Learn proper People Management. Read Peopleware, Mythical Man Month, Winning by Welch. Modernize your software development.


  2. Senior Sales Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Poor salary. Decent benefits. Car for sales people.

    Cons

    Micro-manage. Managers ego maniacs. Boys club. Men who perform poorly get promoted not fired.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ugh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High salary. For an entry level Supply Chain Analyst out of college the base salary is 68k-75k plus bonus.

    Cons

    No access to sunlight. The buildings smell. Cramped cubicle and office life. People don't leave the company so a lot of people are there 30+ years and over 45% are due to retire in the next 5 years. 3M is very metric-centric. Get used to being chained with golden handcuffs bent over a laptop working on excel spreadsheets in your cube or office. Management is known for being micomanagers. There is no training for new employees. The company is not environmentally friendly--despite what they like to spin to the public. The buildings are dirty and floors are not vacuumed regularly. The people in the St Paul offices are not friendly. Do not come here if you are in your 20s or early 30s and want to make a difference. Only choose 3M if you need a high salary, don't care about the environment or sustainability and don't have a family you want to see at night. Salaried employees are expected to work 10-12 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Training for employees would be nice.


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  5. Worked at 3M for 11 plus years.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience with a lot of new tools and processes.

    Cons

    No work=life balance, benefits were bad, training was for the 1%, very political, didn't compensate competitively, all solutions came from corner office, employees got less and less

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up drive yourself out of business. No one wants to work for an old stoggy environment that has no new ideas.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sales Rep

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at 3M full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good.

    Cons

    A turn and burn company!! Micro Managed. Run like a military squad.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and let people work with they're own style. Its like you're in this business, just to make money, while reps are relying on longevity with a good company. Stop the turn and burn mentality.


  7. Used to be a good place to work, not so much anymore.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Flex Operator in Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Flex Operator in Methuen, MA

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good chance to learn new skills and some opportunity for job growth if you get noticed by the right people and have the right degree.

    Cons

    -Attendance policy on par with a grade school style demerit system
    -Forced weekend overtime with little more than 48hrs notice. Vacation requests regularly denied.
    -Small salary increases, offers for new positions are often "lateral transfers" with no increase in pay
    -Management constantly keeps people scared by reminding them "We're competing with China" and that if we don't meet the schedule, we might lose business.
    -Continuous ramping of production schedules without any plan to address staffing and equipment.
    -Reduction of benefits, 401k match was dropped from 100% to 75%, increasing cost of employee insurance contributions yearly.
    -No secondary education = zero opportunities for advancement
    -Management cliques and lots of backstabbing brown nosers. A very difficult culture to stay in for very long.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job of listening to employees and stop treating production line staff as robots and "warm bodies than can be easily replaced"


  8. It's been terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    To tell you all the truth about the only good thing I have to say about 3m is the benefits because you get them from day one

    Cons

    There's numerous things that are cons out here the first is swing shift it gets to where you don't no if your coming or going and you can't have any kind of life outside of 3m also all you are to them is just a number, and to I have never worked at a place where there is so much favoritism as there is here

    Advice to Management

    Create straight shifts not swing shift so people can have a life outside of 3m and get to no the employees so were not just a number to you and cut out the favoritism because we have a lot of good hard working people here that will get no where because of the favoritism and raise the salary there you might just get a little bit more work out of people if they don't think they are working for just pennies


  9. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place to work, but good pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in DeKalb, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in DeKalb, IL

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay is very good. Overtime is always there if you like it. The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Poor hours and constant forced over time with short notice. No recognition and very poor and unreasonable management, which creates a very negative environment. Very little room for advancement. Strict and senseless safety rules and unreasonable productivity systems that are designed to 'weed' out employees. Very little training, and have to figure out most stuff on your own. Favoritism and workplace politics poison the environment further. Experience and loyalty mean nothing and they will get rid of you in a heartbeat because of the high pay and enormous scale of applicants.

    Advice to Management

    Redesign safety and productivity systems, focus less on seniority and more on qualifications. More recognition is needed


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Many smart people, few who know anything.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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



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