3M Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
598 Reviews
3.6
598 Reviews
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Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 27 reviews)

  • The best part of working there was the coworkers attitude and work environment (in 24 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible workplace for contractors.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor for less than a 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
  2.  

    Its not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than a 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
  3.  

    Meetings. Meetings. More Meetings. None of them useful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at 3M full-time for 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
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Production  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Production in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at 3M full-time for less than a 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
  6.  

    take more give less

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at 3M full-time for 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
  7.  

    Large company, expertise and knowledgeable people

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    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
  8.  

    Out with the Old in with the New

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    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time for 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
  9.  

    Flexible part time temporary employment

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technical Aide  in  Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M part-time for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old school - in every way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable, global, investment in technical innovation

    Cons

    No true Marketing expertise (Marketers come from Sales), no investment in understanding the market or the consumer, no investment in brands, unrealistic internal valuation of what consumers will pay for the 3M brand, poor relationships with retailers, and a culture (and work environment) that hasn't evolved since the mid-1970's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what you want to be; an industrial company or a consumer company; you're terrible at the latter.

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

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

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    Former Employee - Warehouse  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Columbia, MO

    I worked at 3M for 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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