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3M Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
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3.5 555 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin

Inge G. Thulin

(168 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be(in 26 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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    Big name with small successes.

    Service Desk Coordinator (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe people here try their very best at what they do. You'll see a lot of projects and curiosity, the awe of being apart of a big name company will wear off quickly.

    ConsAs a contractor, expect to stay one. One of the things 3M pride's itself in is not having lay-offs, don't be fooled. Every couple of months you'll hear of about 30 people being let go or getting an "extended vacation" because a project is on hiatus. Expect your stress levels to stay high while working here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest, the stand ups are a joke when you try to BS your own employee's. Don't give false hope either, most of the time we hear of all the new recs available but then there's another lay-off and it's not even discussed at the stand ups. Your employee's worry for their job security, and it's not because of their ability to perform, it's because of the companies inability to be honest. Employee's are wanting to move up and explore the company yet there are so many closed doors, be open and discuss more possibilities with your employee's and provide proper compensation - they even have to pitch in for coffee so the company can distribute, at least provide your hard working employee's coffee.

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

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    3M Doesn't know electronics.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits. Flexible work schedules.

    ConsKnowledge or skills achieved in one business unit are prevented from being shared or utilized in other business units. For example, I was the only software engineer in my unit. I tried to access co-workers in another unit to discuss issues and ideas. But I was told that this was not allowed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemolish the silos of your battling business units. Work together as a unit instead of competing against yourself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management disconnect, employees quitting, retiring early, transferring, anything to escape the chaos.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cumberland, WI

    ProsDecent vacation. 401K is performing OK at the moment.

    ConsFalse corporate values, everything is connected to cost cutting-EVERYTHING. Horrible decision making skills. Incompetent product managers that don't understand the process and how there decisions effect the product. Plant manager focused on trivial things because he is in over his head. HR looking to take away anything that has slipped through the cracks. Raises and yearly rating methods are a Class Action lawyers dream waiting to happen. Compensation levels vary so widely throughout the departments. Many newer operators doing the same tasks for $10 an hour less plus they don't get the pensions like the older employees but the expectations are the same. Promotions have nothing to do with ability, knowledge, education, or decision making abilities. What is needed is ability to not to disagree with other management, have a weak backbone, remove all independent though processes and rely on altering useless corporate metrics to make things look good at the quarterly reviews.
    Morale drops to a new low everyday, with no end in sight.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWay too many mid and upper level management. Sooner or later there won't be nothing left to cut and shareholders will be looking to trim the corporate fat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old-school expectations (be a company wo/man), 21st century work-life balance (24x7x365)

    Senior Research Engineer (Former Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsSuccessful company with pretty good pay

    ConsRidiculous travel expectations--3 weeks in Asia, multiple times per year
    When not traveling to Asia, expected to be constantly connected--answer emails all night
    Vacation--isn't. Check in email every morning and evening, minimum. Take calls as needed.
    The old-school benefits are gone--no pension, no banking vacation

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance, new blood

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

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    Contractor at 3M

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGood contract hourly pay rate.

    ConsThrown into the fray without any training or leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Innovative products, political and outdated management practices

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    Proscompetitive salary, international opportunities, innovative product offering, top-notch R&D department, adequate benefits

    Conslittle room for lateral growth, not run as a meritocracy, incredibly political for career advancement, incompetent management, diversity is lacking, difficult to retain young talent

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake this company an exciting place to work, rather than a stuffy 9-5 where middle management are promoted based on tenure. Compared to other fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities, 3M has a reputation of being the place where the management is slow to adapt to the recent times. It is not going to win any "Best Places to Work" awards until it revises its middle manager structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Unfair treatment

    Machine Operator (Current Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsPayrate is good. This is the ONLY good thing.

    ConsAll team leaders treat employees differently, some employees get by with everything, other employees are written up constantly. They keep taking away production workers, so that 1 person is required to run an entire line alone (used to be 3 people). Massive amounts of overtime-no time for family life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more production workers, not salaried workers. Treat employees fairly. Stop coming up with more ways to write people up. Let production workers smoke on break (outside, in smoke shacks-this is not hurting non smokers). Limit the amount hours of overtime from production workers-this is bad for morale and health.

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    If You are Top Talent There are Better Options

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsDecent Salary, Benefits, but be cautious its structured to keep you be hand-cuffed to the organizations for the long-term

    ConsPoor Leadership, Bullying Bosses, Stealing of ideas, Cliquish. Too much castle building, so bosses fight for products and people to manage for visibility and power, then they make promises to deliver great things, they don't resouce their teams to succed but are sure to have someone/ something else to throw under the boss when things go wrong.

    Unbelievable amount of turnover in roles in the US and globally. Remember that when you think " wow 3M is hiring, So many job openings", then ask yourself why you think that is

    Impotent HR Dept: Heard many people complain about poor bosses and bad 3M HR practices but HR would do nothing and one person was told by HR " There is NOTHING I can do" Recruiting process is as nepotist as it gets and HR just does as it's told by hiring managers/team

    The Profiles of 3M Employees:

    Profile A: Older Folks who seem to not want to/or lack the ability do anything innovative. They just work enough to not get fired they are however really good at leveraging their deep internal political networks to secure as much resources from themelsves as possible

    Profile B: Young folks from lower tier schools but they are somebodies (golf buddy's)nephew/neice or (golf buddy's) grandson/granddaughter so they got the job. They are nice enough people but not the top talent that you can collectively work together with to grow your careers with

    Profile C: Most Top tier talent are either 6-12months new to the company and/or are on their way out to greener pastures

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a heart to heart session and ask yourselves do you feel it's a good long term strategic idea to have all these products your can't support to commercialize/ under fund. As much as 3M lives in the 70s-80s where the 3M brand was top, where your prducts were the most innovate do you think the current insular thinking will take 3M in the right direction over the next two decades? For a firm that gets majority of its revenues/growth from outside the US do you think teams that are anti-globalization and lacking in multiculturalistim are a winning formula for the long term?

    While I was never upset with bonuses might want to make sure that some divisons' approaches to distributing bonuses are ethical before auditors start snooping

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible workplace for contractors.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsDecent salary and pretty campus.

    ConsFull-time employees look down on contractors, no free coffee (have to pitch in on monthly fund), very immature atmosphere in certain areas because of all the contractors. Most of the other employees aren't very personable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its not what it used to be

    Specialist (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsFamily company
    great stock options
    people are nice

    ConsIts hard to get anything done, the people that have been there forever do not want change and they are the majority. Good luck trying to get them to buy into any new idea.
    The company prefers to employ the children of the people who currently work there or have retired - this mean no innovation.. no new ideas.
    They have issues retaining any young people, and there are ethical issues in how some of the middle management runs their teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire already!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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