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Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
673 Reviews
3.7
673 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits, solid team & leadership for the most part, good values, solid ethics (in 27 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.  

    Do not grow older than 40

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    stock program. Company store. Ability to change businesses

    Cons

    you will get your job eliminated when you become too expensive. No special considerations for employees with loyalty and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent and stop worrying about protection from lawsuits. Do the right thing. Better figure out the portfolio rationalization process so people who take career risks are not penalized. Spend money on growth not cutting costs with data and rationalization. SAP is sucking the life out of current investment in long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, team and flexible work schedule...

    Cons

    Really slow in terms of adapting to newer platforms and technology

  3.  

    Okay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good at what I do.

    Cons

    Very bad at what I do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers: The people at 3M are amazing, they are a highly intelligent and creative group.
    Diverse products: You can always find (or create) something interesting to work on, 3M is literally doing a little bit of everything.

    Cons

    Everyone is a Manager: Despite 3M having separate management and engineering tracks, everyone at 3M is expected to manage in order to further their carriers.
    Meeting, Meeting, Meeting: Nothing happens at 3M unless it happens in a meeting room. A significant amount of time is spent in meeting rooms rather than in the lab working.
    Way too many projects: Every engineer is expected to carry a large number of projects, to the point that only an hour or so each day can be devoted to any one project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the promotion path for technical employees. 3M has a large number of talented and creative technical employees who are being overwhelmed by the daily overhead required to ensure they check all the required boxes by the end of the year. Promotions are slow and engineer salaries outside 3M quickly outpace those inside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, but too many home grown employees who are afraid to challenge management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, great business model. Endless pipeline for development of new products and innovation. Built into its DNA. Excellent corporate resources to utilize and draw from

    Cons

    Long term employees rule the company and have not experienced other workplaces and cultures. This makes it difficult to come into 3M and make a contribution. Employees seem to almost bow down to upper management, and are reluctant to share contrary information in fear of not being seen as a team player. As a transfer from another company, I struggled with this, and eventually left to find a culture that is more open to new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, and use their input. Value contrary information and ideas.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inconsistent and poor management, male dominated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reputable company with long history, decent benefits, many different job paths available

    Cons

    Not good at breaking into new lines of business; they know how to do manufacturing but building less tangible items, such as software, has not been mastered in their environment. Revolving door of managers. Managers make decisions without consulting business team on impact. Managers tend to only talk amongst themselves without taking into account the knowledge and experience of other team members. During annual reviews, it is very hard to be recognized for going above and beyoned because the team setting your evaluation numbers does not know you. Conversely, poor performance is allowed for far too long before it is addressed, creating teams with long-term weak links.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When starting a new line of business, hire experts with the right experience from the outside rather than appointing employees with traditional 3M experience. Consult business team prior to making decisions with critical project impact. Empower employees for success. Recognize people for achievement. Address poor performance immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    3M Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT/Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT/Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a permanent employee, your presented with options to move up fast within your current or other departments. They encourage personal development.

    In the event that you are laid-off, you are given the opportunity to find a job within 3M or external within a set time frame while still remaining on the payroll as a permanent employee. In addition, services are provided by 3M for assistance in that situation.

    Office culture is positive. There are opportunities to get involved with internal groups sponsored by the company for networking and giving back to the local community.

    Cons

    There are sudden transitions in departments which cause instabilities. The company is old school. The processes are slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The opportunity is there if you are willing to travel and/or move.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    40 Divisions, Each offers a completely different experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at 3M full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is quite good
    Excellent non-cash benefits
    If willing to relocate within or outside the US, you can have a full career at 3M within multiple industries

    Cons

    Management by committee
    It's run by engineers and scientists, not a very forward thinking or acting company when it comes to marketing
    manages products well, but lacks significantly in people management/leadership abilities and commitment to developing talent. You are truly on your own even if you are a high potential candidate
    Pay is sub par and compensation system is antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Measure your managers for how they perform as leaders. Financial metrics are essential, but they never tell the whole story behind the quality or competence of a manager or their team.
    Cash compensation and employee contribution measurement is kind of a joke. Especially how one is tied to another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad job, but not conducive to family life either.

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    Former Employee - Production Operator in Brownwood, TX
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Brownwood, TX

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

    Pros

    Fairly good pay for the area.

    Cons

    The shift work is tough. There is a serious lack of accountability to individuals who do not perform. They have gotten away from hiring very many full timers and have gone to working through a temp service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold individuals accountable. When one person messes up, don't punish everyone. Single them out, have a one-on-one, and make your supervisors do their jobs. Managers and supervisors need to be more engaged with the day to day operations instead of spending all of their time managing to a stupid dashboard and crunching numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Good company with solid foundation. Great benefits and decent pay. Good on site benefits at headquarters. Exciting and inspiring new CEO.

    Cons

    Slow moving and a bit old school. Advancement is slow, but steady. Politics are sometimes a bit much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to drop low performers and accelerate advancement of top performers. Look for ways to get 3M known to public outside of post it recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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