3M Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
622 Reviews
3.7
622 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 34 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.  

    R&D Internship

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Large company that offers very good job security. Innovative and diverse projects. They allow you to spend some of your time working on side projects you may be interested in that can benefit the company. Even as an intern, I was able to propose some changes that were put into effect

    Cons

    Lots of older employees who have been "lifers" at 3M. The IT side is a mess and it takes a long time to get even small changes implemented. Not much communication between the global divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More global communication. More agile processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent culture, good people, diversified

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

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

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance, culture of innovation, open to new ideas/different ways of thinking, many different opportunities. The company is so well-diversified that there are many different career paths one can take.

    Cons

    HQ in St Paul, MN & lots of locations in undesirable places to live, frequent supervisor/leadership changes, not very good with IT or rapid technology changes. Hard to achieve significant pay raises - annual reviews are more about the business conditions & less about individual's strong contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need much more consistency in employee performance reviews & slower changes in leadership roles at facilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic work Environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    multiple opportunities for advancement.
    good ethical business practices.
    good pay and vacation/time off policies.
    good benefits package.

    Cons

    It's a global publicly held company, so expect corporate politics and regard for the shareholder.
    If you want to advance in the company, expect to be asked to do the job of 2-3 people for the salary of one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Broke out of my old patterns

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

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to take on roles outside of my experience and learn new things.

    Cons

    Difficult environment for contract workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees (including contractors) are your #1 asset. Work harder to include everyone in planning and decision-making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Company culture emphasizes fairness and diversity. Those that excel are rewarded financially for their achievement
    One of the better 401 and benefit packages available today

    Cons

    Pay is a little below average
    Promotions seem to come to those that are "selected" in advance
    Positions are posted that have already been filled with the person they had in mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite employees ides on what it would take for them to perform better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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