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3M Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
266 Reviews
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266 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.  

    Great innovative company with lots of room to explore new ideas

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    This company really helps push you to create new ideas and help make things more efficient. They have all the necessary resources to make sure you can perform the best.

    Cons

    In my experience, I did not get as much feedback on my performance as I would have liked. In the two years I have worked there I have not had a performance review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your staff more, as well as provide more feedback related to the quality of their work. Expose your employees to the other aspects within their division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    great place to do well and even move ahead in a careee

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    great salary, more nependence, top infrastructur

    Cons

    not many to be honest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company!

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

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

    Pros

    Conglomerate that offers opportunity of career development within different functions and different businesses. This flexibility is an added value to keep employees motivated and challenges the ones that need to learn and develop themselves.

    Cons

    Not as flexible as other specialized companies, where they can act faster due to the prioritization process that exist in big companies, especially when you have different businesses which makes it more complex

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership team! It would be great for the middle management to have more access to the executives live, not only through webstream

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable Company

    • 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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, good pay and benefits. Strong Midwestern values and people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Facilities need updating, lots of red tape, rigid management structure. Promotions can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing young professionals. Outline clear career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Process Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great work experience. Good environment for learning and growing.

    Cons

    Worked 50hours plus per week. No time for personal life. Upper management is micro managing.

  7.  

    Planning and Scheduling intricate and demanding manufacturing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    3M is as good as any company there is. Ethical leadership and well managed overall. Per capita, the ding-dong factor among employees is better.

    Cons

    Some individuals aren't diligent, diplomatic, or considerate enough in getting what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the long term and focus on daily averages and not month end or quarter end. Long term customer satisfaction, growing markets, and ongoing profitability are far more important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good overall... challenging but sometimes unjust

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great opportunities to grow or change career paths all in one company.

    Cons

    Cost is king... And so is revenue... Real kicker is that no matter how good you do, you'll always be asked to do more/better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee feedback seriously, some people are just not meant to be bosses. Move them back to where they were good. Losing good employees due to a bad boss happens all too often... Even at 3M.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good experience

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

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Diverse company with good opportunity. It was a good position while in college. 3M is a highly regarded company, not much turnover.

    Cons

    Favoritism is apparent in some divisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The possibilities are truly endless, but it's up to you to deliver and take advantage of them!

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

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

    Pros

    Truly innovative company that allows and expects you to become an expert in new markets and technologies. If you are genuinely curious, willing to work hard, and not waste time playing internal games, you can accomplish great things at 3M.

    Cons

    3M offers a ton of freedom, both in how you work and with whom you work. That's a good thing, but it's also a challenge, because sometimes it's hard to tell who are the people who you can trust to be focused on developing products and technologies that matter, vs. just playing games to look good to management. If you get stuck with the game players, it's really hard to make progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to be more open about the challenges of commercializing technologies and products, and find a way to get rid of people who care only about their careers (vs. trying to accomplish something).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Solid summer internship

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

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

    Pros

    -Great system of informational interviews which allows perspective students to get to know what roles in the company they would be most interested in working full time
    -Attempts to place the interns in areas that they are interested in
    -Good company with a diverse portfolio of technologies
    -Good working environment and work/life balance
    -Fantastic company culture that promotes team work
    -Fun programing for summer interns

    Cons

    -Miscommunication between various HR and hiring managers regarding procedures means that some students were not contacted regarding their preferences for placements.
    -Extreme risk averse culture common to midwestern companies
    -Needs improvement in Engineering to Business Strategy "translations"
    -Salary not competitive enough for Chemical Engineers. (they group entry level engineers into the same pool of T1 and T2 salaries)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the salary is pretty competitive for general engineering, keep in mind that it is on the very low end for Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering for industry, even in the mid-west.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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