3M Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
597 Reviews
3.6
597 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.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Good, stable job in growing industrial sector environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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  5.  

    Machinist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machinist  in  Cumberland, WI
    Former Employee - Machinist in Cumberland, WI

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

    Pros

    The Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Wages are low and advanvement is not likely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create careers for the employees you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can make your career here - and it can be diverse unlike any other company I've seen

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Diverse career ladder and lattice options; colleagues always helpful; stability of company is unlike any other; positive energetic employees

    Cons

    More about working hard then playing hard; older regime and mentality is still there but slowly evolving away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees take some riskier moves to engage with others, internally and externally -- and help boost brand image in the process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No complaints

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    3M is a large, established company with many opportunities available to its employees.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen and plays favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, and respect them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good diversified company with great career opportunities coming up

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

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on R&D leads to sustainable success. Huge company with many different industries so if you tire of your job you can switch industries without leaving company. Much of the workforce has been here for 30+ years so great opportunity to fill those positions.

    Cons

    Minnesota is cold in winter, slightly old-school stodgy environment (seems to be evolving), you need to develop your career path on your own as there is no specific career path (for marketers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward and invest in commercialization of brand new product platforms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A bit of a mess. The culture is if you didn't invent it you won't use it.

    • 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 benefits, good work life balance

    Cons

    All technology is siloed. No one shares work between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get software managers to manage the division not doctors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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