3M Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
576 Reviews

3.6
576 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 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  

    Pretty good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, solid team & leadership for the most part, good values, solid ethics.

    Cons

    Missing pieces in operations and marketing that prevent them to being a better division in all aspects. Under-pay employees compared to other Fortune 500 companies. They are a traditional, conservative and slow moving in their processes and decision making. Not aggressive enough in their marketing. All roads lead to Minneapolis so in order to move up anywhere in the company you have to move to Minnesota. They used to offer pensions and don't anymore. The pension I had still was not the biggest incentive to stay due to better opportunities that suit my company preferences and work style better. For the younger generation, they need to find more ways to retain talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annual Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager  in  Rockland, MA
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Rockland, MA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, preventive measures and corrective actions

    Cons

    Implementation of new system was choppy at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They think they know everything

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company, applies old marketing to new markets

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technical support for new product applications.

    Cons

    Management should know market needs more clearly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your markets, when moving into new applications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Aide  in  Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I did this job while in school and after I graduated while looking for F/T opportunities. The hours were great and I had a flexible schedule that could adapt to my school schedule. I also had a great supervisor so I felt appreciated and liked coming to work.

    Cons

    You reach an hourly cap in pay. I got there within the first few months of being there so I wish I could have made more. My team's morale seemed low. I wish they had more opportunities for Technical Aides to begin Full Time or move to Full Time positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    3M is a great company with outstanding benefits. They are a little old fashioned and can be sexist though

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    Former Employee - Sourcing
    Former Employee - Sourcing

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, working with the best and have a wealth of opportunities

    Cons

    They can be a little old fashioned and sexist. Opportunities for women aren't as great as those for men. Men are not held to the same standards as the women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexible hours, work with the strengths of your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation are awesome!

    Cons

    frequent job eliminations, rarely rewarded, lack of communication between divisions

  8.  

    A solid place to work - lots of room for growth (depends on your division)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Being in my 30s I'm one of the "younger" crowd at 3M in my division and there are a lot of employees planning to retire and move on in the next few years, which gives people in my age range room for growth. It's encouraging and they are working on learning how to develop their employees accordingly.

    Cons

    Implementing SAP in 2 years or so and there is a lot of fear around the corporate offices about how this will affect their business style and processes. I'm looking forward to it, but there is a lot of heartache going on about what could happen after implementation. The training needed is extensive and anyone starting at the company now will have to learn everything for the current process and then relearn the "new" way in 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people, encourage them to learn and make sure they are at your side for the implementation of new technologies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Nevada, MO
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Nevada, MO

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

    Pros

    Great company, amazing benefits. I would recommend anyone to work here

    Cons

    Managers tend to rise up the ranks moving from place to place... doesn't mean they're a good manager. They then tend to spend time trying to move up, instead of focusing on the job at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more stock into the work done towards a job instead of having people climb the ladder so fast.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, room to advance, great ethics

    Cons

    If you don't grow up in the company it can seem strange; some systems are old technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy to your division Presidents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good, stable job in growing industrial sector environment

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

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

    Pros

    Honest co-workers, a lot of flexibility to get the job done, within limits (see below). Very interesting work, there's always something new going on, both in the product and process equipment aspects of the job.

    Cons

    Management stingy on 'discretionary spending' which is vital to networking for maximum effectiveness in position. Pay increases are modest. Senior technical staff have minimum spending authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide spending authority to senior technical staff, and hold them accountable for results of the spending.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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