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3M Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
642 Reviews
3.8
642 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.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn

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

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere and culture is great, everyone is very willing to help and as someone new to the field that helps a lot. I never feel bad asking questions. They are also really good about putting on fun events, whether it's to learn or something fun after work.

    Cons

    I felt like people were overloaded with work. They were also trying to cut costs everywhere making some projects difficult to continue with.

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

    Great company to explore numerous careers.

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

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

    Pros

    3M harbors great collaboration with all levels of employees. Many opportunities to further your career. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Many levels of approval required for changes. Change management can be a full time job, hindering quick progress. Other than that a great employer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good prospects but challenging organisational structure and practices

    • 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

    3M offers good opportunities for internal advancement. It also has an unusually friendly corporate culture. With a global reach, it is also pretty good to get experience of an international community.

    Cons

    Not enough outside talent is brought in, 3M mostly relies on promoting from within and not back-filling. This means that it can be very hard to get traction in using modern business methods that have widespread acceptance outside the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The matrix is you friend…and your enemy

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a great depth of businesses within the company and a strong base of technology and new technology development.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be constricting and burdensome, as well as consuming energy and time. It stunts individual creativity and entrepreneurship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for new-experience in Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Juan, PR

    I have been working at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked as a Marketing Trainee (Intern) in one of their divisions. They Provide a great opportunity to learn about your area, with different tasks.

    Cons

    If you are new, it is a challenging way and you are competing with 5 or 6 interns more.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Older company that is slow on the technology front

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for if you don't need to stay on the cutting edge of everything.

    Cons

    Company is known to employ a large number of contractors for a long time (due to it's large number of full time employees). You MAY have to put in a number of years before there is an opportunity to come on full time (if you are in the IT department).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay for regular employees. Company is solid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp Utility in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Temp Utility in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    They take safety very seriously. training is very good and up to date. Union for regular employees. High Pay.

    Cons

    Typical high demand for speed and accuracy; piece work. Little concern for temps, particularly older employees. Posted rules are ignored by supervisors and hourly employees. Don't readily consider suggested improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring direct after temps have been working successfully for 2 or more years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An established, successful company to gain useful engineering experince at

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

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

    Pros

    Th environment has a hard-working, nice vibe to it. Training does not take too long.

    Cons

    Not really any yet besides that benefits could be better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Developer at 3M

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

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

    Pros

    Create work-life balance. Great place to become exposed to various technologies and work closely with experts. Technical community is extremely collaborative and senior members do a create job of mentoring younger employees. Have 15% culture encouraging technical employees to explore projects outside of their current role.

    Great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Somewhat of an "old-school" and culture. However, the amount of younger employees seems to increase every year, making the environment a little more lively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade lab facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This is a good company to work for.

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

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Good salary
    Company car
    Company credit cards
    Gas card
    They provide you with essentially everything you need to become successful.

    Cons

    Not enough training in the products. They expect you to pick things up quickly and efficiently without any previous knowledge on the subject matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the training regiments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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