3M Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
618 Reviews
3.7
618 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 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    If You are Top Talent There are Better Options

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

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

    Pros

    Decent Salary, Benefits, but be cautious its structured to keep you be hand-cuffed to the organizations for the long-term

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, Bullying Bosses, Stealing of ideas, Cliquish. Too much castle building, so bosses fight for products and people to manage for visibility and power, then they make promises to deliver great things, they don't resouce their teams to succed but are sure to have someone/ something else to throw under the boss when things go wrong.

    Unbelievable amount of turnover in roles in the US and globally. Remember that when you think " wow 3M is hiring, So many job openings", then ask yourself why you think that is

    Impotent HR Dept: Heard many people complain about poor bosses and bad 3M HR practices but HR would do nothing and one person was told by HR " There is NOTHING I can do" Recruiting process is as nepotist as it gets and HR just does as it's told by hiring managers/team

    The Profiles of 3M Employees:

    Profile A: Older Folks who seem to not want to/or lack the ability do anything innovative. They just work enough to not get fired they are however really good at leveraging their deep internal political networks to secure as much resources from themelsves as possible

    Profile B: Young folks from lower tier schools but they are somebodies (golf buddy's)nephew/neice or (golf buddy's) grandson/granddaughter so they got the job. They are nice enough people but not the top talent that you can collectively work together with to grow your careers with

    Profile C: Most Top tier talent are either 6-12months new to the company and/or are on their way out to greener pastures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart to heart session and ask yourselves do you feel it's a good long term strategic idea to have all these products your can't support to commercialize/ under fund. As much as 3M lives in the 70s-80s where the 3M brand was top, where your prducts were the most innovate do you think the current insular thinking will take 3M in the right direction over the next two decades? For a firm that gets majority of its revenues/growth from outside the US do you think teams that are anti-globalization and lacking in multiculturalistim are a winning formula for the long term?

    While I was never upset with bonuses might want to make sure that some divisons' approaches to distributing bonuses are ethical before auditors start snooping

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible workplace for contractors.

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and pretty campus.

    Cons

    Full-time employees look down on contractors, no free coffee (have to pitch in on monthly fund), very immature atmosphere in certain areas because of all the contractors. Most of the other employees aren't very personable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Its not what it used to be

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

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

    Pros

    Family company
    great stock options
    people are nice

    Cons

    Its hard to get anything done, the people that have been there forever do not want change and they are the majority. Good luck trying to get them to buy into any new idea.
    The company prefers to employ the children of the people who currently work there or have retired - this mean no innovation.. no new ideas.
    They have issues retaining any young people, and there are ethical issues in how some of the middle management runs their teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Meetings. Meetings. More Meetings. None of them useful.

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

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

    Pros

    Very good 401k match. 6% dollar for dollar. Not much else is worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Corporate pours millions into the headquarters while squeezing the remote sites. Too many people in St. Paul and not enough in the plants. They grow by acquisition and not innovation. Heatlh insurance is expensive and the coverage is terrible. People are pigeoned-holed and not allowed to think. Too many chiefs and not enough support staff. Their IT systems are old and dated. They have Lotus Notes for email which is the worst on the market. SAP rollout is sucking millions of dollars and the company has been outsourcing staff to India and other countries and those people are slow to respond and not very helpful. Pay me now or pay me later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing jobs. Bring jobs back to America and train your people. Senior management is out of touch with reality. The current CEO is over 60 and only recently was prompted from within and he will have to retire at 65. Short term thinking does not bring long term gains.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at 3M is that there is little to NO growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Production in Columbia, MO

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

    Pros

    The pros is that there are many hours to work and it is a steady pay check with nice people

    Cons

    The job requires NO free thinking
    NO autonomy
    NO growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to evolve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    take more give less

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    health benefits were not bad

    Cons

    people in corporate were not very friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Large company, expertise and knowledgeable people

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Training opportunities, classes, development, time

    Cons

    Large matrix, long communication ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Out with the Old in with the New

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great friends and former management,

    Cons

    This company was the best company to work for, my loyalty to the company was great, and the company’s loyalty was the best, this started changing in 2000 and little by little the company was removing the old loyal employees with contact workers, inexperienced new hires, and out sourcing. This was done through Six Sigma, Reclassifying Jobs and hiding behind new bogus company code of conduct rules that didn’t apply to upper management. So long Mr. McKnight principles and so long 34 years at this company, Good luck for the remaining old guard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking in the mirror and invest in your veteran employees, return to the McKnight principles and live them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Flexible part time temporary employment

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

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

    Pros

    people were great to work with, especially the old timers

    Cons

    looked for a job to move up for 4 months and didn't a single interview

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get HR to read letters of recommendation from 3M staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Everything changed , no fun work, Hell work at fair pay !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Columbia, MO

    I worked at 3M (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to have great benefits , was fun to work in the past

    Cons

    Weak floor crew leaders in some depts, not want to involve with workers problems. Sometime poor commutations. New managements are changed so much, cut workers made us workers hard at not rising income. Some non sense policies

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