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3M Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
642 Reviews
3.8
642 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 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.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    solid company, with a good culture and benefits

    Cons

    travel there is tough, especially if you are coming from the west

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more working from home

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company overall, needs to get it's head on straight with some things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Fun projects, great company values, employees have some amazing benefits Practically guaranteed raises each year.

    Cons

    The environment of the division I work in is very unstable. The company spread itself too thin with too many projects and now it has recently had to layoff a number of employees and contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest and upfront with your employees and they will respect you more and want to work for and grow the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    3M prairie du chien wi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Prairie du Chien, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Prairie du Chien, WI

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits offered and great pay for the area in which it is located,Strives for clean work areas

    Cons

    This site lacks sufficient training for any new employees, They TRY to promote safety in the workplace but some areas are more concerned with the cost. MANAGEMENT in prairie du chien is a huge obstacle for the values and quality that 3M strives for, the extreme lack of professionalism in management is such a disgrace for such a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management offers a so called "open door policy" and "confidentiality" at the prairie du chien site but this is by far not the value that is expressed at this site. One would think that after many years the quality and values set forth by 3M Company would show in its management but this is far from the truth, 3M corporate needs to" clean house" in prairie du chien and be involved more in their managers/supervisor behaviors. Lack of people,listening and value skills are apparent in the prairie du chien site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to begin a marketing career

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

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

    Pros

    3M has about 25 divisions (though this number has been shrinking) which gives plenty of opportunity to move around and gain new experiences. You can't get bored here in a marketing/business management role, if you do it's your own fault.

    Cons

    Relentless focus on quarterly targets, little room for true long term strategic planning, fairly high level of bureaucracy and lack of accountability due to matrix structure (product division / geographic subsidiary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to manage out the dead weight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a great learning experience but I am not going back.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large R&D budget means cool projects.
    People are very nice.
    The campus is really nice including the employee stores.
    Lots of high tech toys to play with.

    Cons

    The location of the 3M company main campus in St. Paul is not the best location for new college graduates unless you are from the area. Interns were provided housing at the University of Minnesota but no transportation was given to 3M ~30 minute drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    R&D Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - R&D in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of variety in projects in the R&D group. Can easily change to a project of interest if you ask your manager.

    Cons

    Sometimes, you don't get assigned a project when you start so have to spend some time asking around for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare projects for intern before their start date

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and great growth opportunity. They want you to change jobs every 3 years, so that forces you to keep growing, and not sit in one job to long.

    Cons

    Huge CON is getting paid every month, so 12 times a year. Very hard to adjust to. Also there is no such thing as a 40 hour work week. You keep working until it is done. And that can get to a guy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a positive experience at 3M

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

    I have been working at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, pay, and opportunities for collaboration throughout the company. Good mix of work between lab, desk, and manufacturing plant.

    Cons

    It is difficult to track people down when you need information. Everyone has a different agenda. Don't always have enough work to keep busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured plan for interns, there can be downtime when projects are on hold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, moderate pay.

    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M allows it's engineers a lot of freedom to perform their job functions as they see fit. They also work very hard to build a family oriented atmosphere into the workplace. However, they are fixated on maintaining moderate wages for their engineering staff.

    Cons

    3M is a company managed by fiscal quarter, with a constant goal of increasing its stock price. They miss many opportunities with this mindset, however they also avoid costly mistakes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    EE Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PI&CS Electrical Engineering in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - PI&CS Electrical Engineering in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, helpful environment, very easy to get help from fellow workers there, have mentors that you can always go to for help

    Cons

    slow work pace, a lot of time spent waiting for other parts of the project to go through, sometimes project for intern not well defined so have to look for extra work during waiting time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more defined projects prepared for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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