3M Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Old school - in every way.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Decide what you want to be; an industrial company or a consumer company; you're terrible at the latter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company...If you can get in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lab Analyst II in Maplewood, MN
    Current Contractor - Lab Analyst II in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  3. Poor management in SAP BASIS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - SAP Basis Administrator in Maplewood, MN
    Former Contractor - SAP Basis Administrator in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (More than a 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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good pay and benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    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).


  7. Helpful (1)

    Old School

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International company with wide scope

    Cons

    Inside focused not looking at the customer


  8. Helpful (3)

    Out of 38 years 10 were terrible.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst IT in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst IT in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Great People, Frustrating Corporate Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Give opportunities to your employees to learn and grow.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dull and tedious

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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