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3M Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
655 Reviews
3.8
655 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 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.  

    Flexible part time temporary employment

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old school - in every way.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company...If you can get in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    If you are working through a contract agency (Pace, Volt, Aerotek) you will likely be paid much less than you should be (NEGOTIATE HARD WITH THEM!), benefits and healthcare are minimal (Pace), definitely a disconnect between 3M culture and contract agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people on who are under contract and have shown that they are dedicated, hardworking, deserving employees. Be more willing to take risks and make long term investments on people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor management in SAP BASIS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP Basis Administrator in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - SAP Basis Administrator in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Employees say benefits are great.

    Cons

    Management did not work well with basis team members or manage efficiently. Some do very little work and a few work long hours and do many things. Contractors treated poorly. No dedicated desk for contractors. Manager and leads are not approachable. Manager and leads don't pass information to team. 3M employees who do not have basis skills and are new to position can get away with sitting at their desks and doing little work because they have worked at 3M for many years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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
  8. 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

    I worked at 3M full-time (less than an year)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old School

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

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    International company with wide scope

    Cons

    Inside focused not looking at the customer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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

    I worked at 3M

    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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Frustrating Corporate Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    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

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