3M Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
600 Reviews
3.7
600 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 30 reviews)

  • Good benefits, solid team & leadership for the most part, good values, solid ethics (in 25 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.  

    Not what I was promised.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Loved the employees and the flexibility of my hours. They allowed me to work my own hours, as long as I put in the 40 I was required to.

    Cons

    Didn't compensate me enough. Was not truthful in my employment. I was promised a raise, and after 8 months of asking and hearing excuses, they offered to renew my contract at the same amount. So I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent in the offering stage of the hire. I was promised more than I was given.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay, terrible on everything else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Employee
    Current Employee - Production Employee

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They pay really well for simple, brainless jobs. Get long breaks. Good benefits.

    Cons

    They go on and on about good health, and then force some of there people to work months in a row with no days off. They went non smoking in January and With the no smoking thing you cant even GO TO YOUR CAR all you can do is go to their "designated courtyard". The company is a big joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the common man! All the workers on the production line are the people that really keep this company going, not the spoiled people in the offices! Stop taking away peoples rights, it doesnt hurt anyone to still allow smoking in the smoke shack. Oh and tell me how it is legal to make people work every day for almost six months in a row?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big name with small successes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Service Desk Coordinator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    3M Doesn't know electronics.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Knowledge 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 ManagementAdvice

    Demolish the silos of your battling business units. Work together as a unit instead of competing against yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cumberland, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumberland, WI

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    False 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 ManagementAdvice

    Way 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Successful company with pretty good pay

    Cons

    Ridiculous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance, new blood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Contractor at 3M

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good contract hourly pay rate.

    Cons

    Thrown into the fray without any training or leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Innovative products, political and outdated management practices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    little 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfair treatment

    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hutchinson, MN

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

    Pros

    Payrate is good. This is the ONLY good thing.

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    If You are Top Talent There are Better Options

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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