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3M Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
655 Reviews
3.8
655 Reviews
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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.  

    good

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    great work-life balance, great if you start at a higher level as an experienced employee

    Cons

    slow career progression, laid-back culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide challenging opportunities to young hires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great learning opportunity

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

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Always challenged, never bored, always learning, very ethical company, travel opportunities, great ammenities, good pay, good stock options, good benefits

    Cons

    Some of the management does not have great leadership qualities, top management should really listen to employees better, employee performance review could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance is not the best, each employee is performing the job of three employees, morale could be boosted. If you need to hire another person that has the same job as a current employee and you decide to hire that person at a higher job level then you should respect your current employee and promote them to that job grade as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annual Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    A great company, applies old marketing to new markets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Development Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at 3M full-time (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
  7.  

    Good place to start.

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

    I have been working at 3M part-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation are awesome!

    Cons

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

  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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