3M Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance left something to be desired (in 38 reviews)

  • Large company with good benefits (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea (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 Internship Program

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative. Big. A ton of resources. Friendly work environment. Smart people.

    Cons

    Slow-moving. Not a very young workforce.


  2. Invest in your future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional ER Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Regional ER Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    3M is a great company known for its' world class innovative products and long term employment opportunities. It is a global organization with over 80,000 employees. You can have an exciting career in multiple areas and never leave the company because of the diverse platforms of technology and multiple businesses that are part of the organizational structure.

    Cons

    Just as all organizations are struggling with, 3M continues to look for ways to make their total compensation package relevant for today's workforce. The changes 3M is forced to make to the benefit package to maintain competitiveness are disappointing to the long term employees. However, for new employees, the total compensation package is still excellent in comparison to our competitors.

    Advice to Management

    In the quest to remain relevant a century later, remember the advice from William McKnight, one of the historical founding fathers of 3M. Treat people with respect and let them do their job the best way they can. It is a formula that is always in style - no matter what century.


  3. Coor Design

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coor Design in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Coor Design in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company will allow you to pave your own road to success as long as you're willing to make some strides.

    Cons

    I'm on my 9th year with this company, and let me be the one to tell you that I have absolutely no complaints working here. As long as you fulfil your duties, the rewards will come. I've had a good track record so far.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within and recognize those who are valuable that put in the extra efforts. This will encourage pride and workmanship.


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  5. Saels

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind, good company

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind, long commute to work

    Advice to Management

    Non


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They treat their employees very well, it's easy to connect with everybody, corporate events are great, it's easy to find technical experts on any subject, and the company as a whole continues to be successful.

    Cons

    Anything people usually associate with working for a big corporation - bureaucracy and meetings abound. Not anything out of the ordinary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. Technical Aide

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M part-time

    Pros

    The people are team-oriented and willing to teach other members of the team about scientific findings/techniques. I have learned a ton of technical skills while being a tech aide, which will be invaluable in my future career.

    Cons

    There are some who are less team-oriented than others, which can pose a roadblock for productive teamwork. They also do not allow tech aides to work more than 899 hours per year and only 32 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to tech aides if the maximum hours they could work were more flexible. Some weeks you end up working more than 32 hours and others you don't, so it can be frustrating trying to adhere to this maximum limit of hours.


  8. Fair, diverse company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people Many career paths and opportunities Cutting edge technology Encourages career-long learning Great Benefits

    Cons

    Winter, if working at corporate HQ Large company (HR, etc.) LTD benefits

    Advice to Management

    Take risks, stay relevant


  9. Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for; advance opportunities, great benefits, pension, training opportunities and pleasant work environment

    Cons

    At times I felt like a number, because it was so big, but it wasn't a big enough con to make me leave.

    Advice to Management

    No special advice - I had a good experience. Keep doing what you are doing. Listen to employees.


  10. Marketing Communications

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, opportunity to advance across division/ industries.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt new technology.


  11. consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits.

    Cons

    Very Six Sigma, very corporate duty structure



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