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3M Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 556 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin

Inge G. Thulin

(169 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    If you go in as a contract employee - do not expect to get a permanent position

    Technical Analyst (Former Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsGreat People, Great location, Lots of potential as a great employer, they once were a great employer but have lost their glimmer....

    ConsEvery Christmas is layoff time, 3M makes it next to impossible to go from a contract employee to a permanatn employee. Don't go in as contract if you are expecting to be hired on an employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the layoff time - why Christmas time, REALLY

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Relying on old glory days

    Marketing (Former Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGood name on resume still
    Interesting technologies
    Cool labs and smart people
    Good international growth

    ConsExtremely slow to recognize and adapt to change - at risk of being becoming irrelevant in US
    Very outdated technology systems, processes and skill sets
    Limited advancement, long, long waits for promotions, emphasis on lateral moves, many dead ends
    No real marketing expertise
    Even the interior is a weird flashback to what what the 1950s looked like, and many current employees were probably working there then (40+ years of service not uncommon, while employees under the age of 40 quite uncommon)

    Advice to Senior ManagementCould be a cool place to work again with a complete overhaul to bring it to the 2000's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetence, nepotism, swearing at employees, threats.

    Lead Design Analyst (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsBenefits, location, environment, interesting and challenging work. Many wonderful people to work with.

    ConsIncompetent and unqualified management, nepotism, the cousin of the manger that brought her in the department secretly, got the job that I earned. When I brought up to the director the qualifications of my manager he said, "you tell anyone what happened to you and I will kick your ass." , while the HR manage sat next to me and said nothing. An upper level manager used the, "F", word to me twice in a meeting while my manager sat next to me and said nothing and when reported nothing was done about it and if you did that to a manager at 3M they would walk you out the door. People advanced not by their accomplishment or contributions but by who they sucked up to and that is the 3M way. Those envolved in nepotism should be fired no matter how long ago it happened. However, 3M management can't handle that problem either when nepotism is their fault it says on the application, "do you have any relatives that work here.", and 3M let her come in the department and move ahead. She advanced three job classes in a year and a half and is there a red flag there?

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet qualified people in their jobs and promote people by their contributions and according to the qualifications I saw there for jobs I am qualified to be the CEO and I have told the CEO, I want the job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The name on the resume is worthwhile but not a happy place to work.

    Accounts Payable (Former Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsThe internship program is good and they are actively working to make it better. They have a lot of services for employees. The benefits are changing and while not as good as they once were they are still not bad.

    ConsToo big, you are just a number. Stifling atmosphere. People are just counting their time to retirement. Not an upbeat place to work. Not enough variety in duties, everything is very compartmentalized. Too much emphasis on degrees and where they came from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten up, take off the starched collars and interact with the employees, you might find some great hidden talent. While still a solid company they are overlooking some great people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3M was a great company...

    Business Manager (Former Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsCo-workers... And the history of 3M is amazing to learn and be a part of.

    ConsCEO and Top Management is making very foolish decisions since George Buckley joined 3M.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of Buckley and get back to valuing employees as people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3m today from one of the little people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ames, IA

    ProsThis used to be a great company to work for. I was proud to be a 3M employee. I was treated with respect.

    ConsManagement has become disrespectful of employees. Wasn't there a song once that said "feel like a number"? We are no longer people to the management of 3M Ames.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, Lets keep the integrity of the 3M company. We are people, not numbers.. We want to work as a team again and not only worry about covering our own butts because be might be walked out for low productivity. Let us work together as a team again. We are no longer team players and you made us that way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Time to get rid of the fat and start building a strong team that makes courageous decisions and leads by example.

    Sourcing Agent (Current Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsBenefits and pay. Old, established company that does not take risks so you are unlikely to be let go

    ConsOld, established company with old, established management. No diversity, almost all management is older, white males. They treat women very badly and it's obvious. The Management prefers boot lickers who agree with them to performers who may have more updated ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to get rid of the middle management level. Far to fat in directors and VP's. Need to get rid of about 1/2. Start with the ones who refuse any change in their areas and keep moving through.

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    Attention Passengers: We have lost our rudder.

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGood benefits (not compensation). Easy commute. Friendly co-workers. Innovative uses of data and analysis tools.

    ConsVery few opportunities to advance. Long term strategy is not defined. Leadership does not think that rank and file can understand the issues at hand. No opportunities to move International. No motivation to drive change. Past history of starting new initiatives and then when the going gets tough, management pulls the plug. Most of the high-performing people who are here stay only because of their pension. Newer employees who figure it out often leave when they see the length of service required to have any span of control. Tools and sytems are antiquated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a plan and stick to it, stop making up the rules as you go along.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Standard big company cookie cutter carrier.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGreat people to work with, many smart scientists and engineers from all disciplines available for advice and collaboration. Many exciting technical areas of work. When the job reqs arent frozen, if unsatisfied at one place one would be able to switch jobs to a completly different area without having to leave the company (keeping all the benefits and vacations).

    ConsThis might be true for any large company, but it is really hard to stand out for a raise. The promotions/raise system is set up in such a way to keep everyone below industry median pay at all times. Not very competative. Little reward for doing an awesome job or 'performing at a much higher level'. It's like communism, everyone is the same, which rewards lazy people and chases away great workers that are willing to fight and take risks (what 3M needs most now). It used to be that 3M paid their employees less but offered more intangible benefits like a secure job, flexible hours and a more freedom for research. These benefits are gone, and the pay stays low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring senior managers and higer ups and stop laying off technicians! Many groups are getting extremly top heavy. We need more entry level engineers and technicians. We need grunts to actually do all the work the Senior Management has been ideating. Value needs to shift to skillsets again and away from talking and filling out excel templates or this company will fail in the next ten years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3M - a company of followers and suck-ups

    Sourcing (Current Employee) Maplewood, MN

    ProsPay and Benefits. Stable company.

    ConsVery poor Management - immature, male dominated (look at our corporate org chart). Management needs constant approval. They do not encourage thinking outside the box.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk yourselves if you want people who only work hard. 3M loves someone who will work 60 hours even if what they are doing has no value. You need to encourage smart workers, even if it isn't your idea.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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