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3M Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
571 Reviews

3.6
571 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 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.  

    Good pay and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good for this area but benefits are on the down slide, Like how they are willing to help out the community.

    Cons

    They don't follow their own policies unless it benefits them. Management in each area is allowed to do things their own way whatever will help them climb the ladder regardless of impact on employees or the company there is no consistency .I am a 3m employee but the other comment about how they treat contract temp employees are correct, they have no regard for them at all they are only there to keep company from paying out benefits. In the end it hurt s them ,us and especially the company because of high turnover quality of our products suffers and plant moral is low.
    Shifts and required overtime make family life diffecult
    attendence policies make this even worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your plant management follows each plants policies,it'snot fair to expect employees to follow them when management doesn't Try to limit number of contract make the good ones 3m employees quicker.The high turnover lower quality and productivity you are not saving as much money as your experts make you believe.Don't try to save money by cutting benefits loyalty to the company is dropping to keep and attract quality employees you need to offer benefits as they have been,cutting them will lose employees.

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

    Contract Workers ARE Second Class Citizens at this company.

    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Famous, well-positioned company that looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    VERY corporate environment. Company is too big, positions overlap. I was hired as a temp, and I was pulled aside by my manager whom told me that I would continue on the project until June, instead of April. On March 30th, my badge didn't work when I went to exit the building. Security then asked for my badge. I knew that something was up. That had never happened. I contacted both the temp agency, as well as my manager to inquire why my badge had been taken away. BOTH my manager and the temp agency IGNORED me on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; ONLY calling me on Monday to tell me that I was being let go. Fine if you want to dismiss somebody off a job, but at least tell them what is going on and be adult about it. DON'T leave people to worry about their job on a weekend, extremely inappropriate manner in which to dismiss ANY employee, even a temp. Temps aren't any less human than the rest of the work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start analyzing different jobs in the BU's, and you will find that you have three people doing the same job, even two people in different business units. Start respecting temps. I was surprised to know that my story was common for temps. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I don't think that I would work for 3M again because of what happened in my case. Perhaps NOW at the current moment, the companies have the upper hand, but one day, that won't be the case. And now, 3M, has more than a hand-full of people that feel disrespected and overlooked (unfortunately because of how they were treated by the company).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old School

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    International company with wide scope

    Cons

    Inside focused not looking at the customer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Out of 38 years 10 were terrible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst IT  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst IT in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Free parking, good working environment, nice co-workers that try to do the best job they can for the company.

    Cons

    Incompetent unqualified management, CEOs over the years received huge raises when employees got little to no raise. Nepotism, secretly cousin of manager got moved up 3 levels in one promotion to the job I earned company did not do their job on this issue. Inappropriate language used my manager to employee and company took no action on the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If nepotism can be proved demote or fire those involved no matter how long ago it happened. Promote qualified people to manager positions, Stop political promotions and promote the best qualified people that contribute the most to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Frustrating Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Great place to learn the basics and experience an old-school hierarchical sales force and engineering focused culture. We are really, really good at being big. When the younger generation takes over this company will be a very different place (hopefully).

    Cons

    Politics. CONSERVATIVE culture. Very limited understanding of new media, modern brand management, or anything cutting edge (if this company was a sad man at the bar it would be 55 and whiter than minnesota). We are so good at over-engineering stuff that our customers don't want sometimes it's silly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a lot of small bets. Embrace the changing face of tech. Trust and empower young and upwardly mobile employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very small IT department at Northridge location. Stagnant work and workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Great options to buy 3M stocks. Overall the company is good and if you get an opportunity to work at MN headquarters or bigger branch, it will be a great opportunity to work, learn and grow.

    Cons

    3M Northridge facility is smaller than their other locations with limited growth and very limited learning opportunity. Terrible management. Employees perform redundant jobs everyday with no motivation or encouragement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give opportunities to your employees to learn and grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dull and tedious

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    The physical building is pretty nice with some perks like an on site cafeteria, coffee shop, parking ramp and small health club. Salary is competitive. Personal experience with immediate next-level management was positive.

    Cons

    Company culture is dull and stifling with conservative leadership. For a company of its size, the St. Paul HQ site has an acknowledged and profound lack of diversity. Many employees have been there a long time which has contributed to a complacent and sleepy culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    waste of time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    flexibility in scheduling, friendly coworkers, profit sharing, fair salary, company outings, great benefits and longevity with the company

    Cons

    politics, incompetence in upper management, lay offs, promotions only within ranks so no upward mobility for most analysts who are not already in management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strange company, level of internal politics and negativity stifling.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Marketing  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Interactive Marketing in Maplewood, MN

    Pros

    If you are coming in to 3M with previous digital expertise, you will notice immediately the need to educate your peers, which can be a good thing, and can become taxing. My particular manager seemed to never be there, so working flex hours was not an issue, but can't speak to other teams. The work load was not too extensive for me, but that may have been due to the in-fighting across teams that allowed very little to get assigned and done. They had a decent web mail client, which, given managers' propensity to answer and send all emails after 8pm was a life saver.

    Cons

    I would not know where to start here. Most employees have been there for 10-20+ years, so this particular division did not take kindly to outsiders. The in-fighting between teams was so extensive that I was given a list of people to "not respond to via email or phone." I was also told not to attend meetings without approval from my manager to ensure my expertise was not "stolen" by "the enemy." Yuck. I was closed off from projects I offered the most seasoned expertise in, due to senior leadership very much disliking each other. It was disappointing to not get to leverage my expertise in an arena that so badly needed it, and the constant back-stabbing and bad-mouthing of co-workers that started on day one and never stopped made me very uncomfortable. Also, I was constantly asked to tap my network of digital vendors, agencies and resources to produce RFPs or work for 3M at the 11th hour that never went anywhere. Great way to ruin long-standing working relationships outside of the company. I was not aware of anyone who seemed "happy" working there compared to other companies I have worked for. No one smiled, ever.

    I finally had to start working on projects without telling my manager just to ensure I was doing anything at all and that I was helping them from spending way too much for way too little or just simply doing something not aligned with their audience/customer needs.

    From a sheer "company" perspective, the oddities at 3M Healthcare were endless. There were no refrigerators for employees to store lunch, beverages, etc. It may not sound like a big deal - try it sometime. The lunchroom was open very briefly every day, and offered the worst, most unhealthy and expensive selection of food (if you got there in time to get any) I have ever seen, anywhere. To avoid waste, they provided less food than needed, and anything edible was gone immediately. There's nothing but fast food around there, so going off-site was not a better option. I spent my first three days literally sitting in an empty cube with no computer (which can be typical) but also with nothing to read, ramp-up on, or anyone coming by to say hello or get me situated, manager included. I had to train myself on all systems and getting logins to do so was far more frustrating and time-consuming than usual. The commute is horrid, too, unless you live out that way.

    There was no discernible process to anything, and trying to instill any was futile. I had to ask folks many times for things they'd promised to deliver, to little avail. I never really knew what I was supposed to be working on, what would come up as "due" at any time, or what would be summarily cancelled or taken off my plate - all of this was due to politics. I spent more time in meetings about projects that never moved forward (or that at least our team was "kicked off of") than in meetings about viable projects.

    I attempted to address all of these issues over and over, to no result, and ended up having to print and save the nasty emails between teams their managers to ensure I was never "blamed" for something I was not involved in. Not fun.

    It might be fine for folks that have been there forever, and other divisions may be more advanced in their collaboration and politicking skills not to mention digital savvy. I didn't stay long enough to find out. I actually saw one person start and quit within a week while I was there. If you offer valuable expertise and have worked for other companies be ready for a massive culture shock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play nicely, and serve the customer, not your egos, infighting or chest-beating. Leverage expertise that you did not previously have internally when it is offered to you. Stop talking badly about other managers to their team members, and do not slight their team members or discount their expertise due to your own upper-level politics. Plan, and then follow through. Work smart, not hard, and use the proper vendors/agencies for what you are trying to accomplish, rather than agencies you are "friends with" who may not have the skills needed to do the job. If you are going to swear and talk badly of others, close your office door. Sitting outside your office and hearing it all day is not fun and quickly lowers morale. DOn't spend a team status meeting taklking badly of other teams/managers. Realize that a nice mix of 3M-seasoned managers, and managers from other companies is a GOOD thing, not a competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible people, lack of learning opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits, profit sharing, 401k matching and stock purchase options

    Cons

    lack of learning and growth opportunities in locations apart from their HQ in minnesota.
    Boring job, poor management. If you cannot move to corporate, you cannot move up the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like they are not human beings. Be respectful of ideas from subordinates and keep an open line of communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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