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3M Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
669 Reviews
3.7
669 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over three decades of product development and tech service experience in specialty chemicals and polymers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    3M still fosters an environment of innovation and personal growth, where risk taking is often allowed in selected job functions. The laboratory is the best place to be.

    Cons

    3M HR policies over the last decade have made the compensation picture more difficult to comprehend than a Pollock abstract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are entrusted with a great treasure. Please remember our roots, while reaching for the stars. Keep it simple. Our beloved "dual ladder" is falling apart, and in my view, the practice of moving the fast track into management at the expense of experience is proving to be detrimental.

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

    IT Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great people, great products, international connections provide interesting work. Work-life balance left something to be desired.

    Cons

    Feel like I am always working for Wall Street not the customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Technical Aide, 3M

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    he people were awesome, pay was great for that level, hours were very flexible, and work was pretty independent of supervision. Overall it was a really good opportunity as an undergrad to get some experience in a real engineering position, learn from engineers, scientists, etc. The daily work itself was was nice, pretty chill, stress free. It was VERY hands on too, which was a huge plus. This isn't a job where you're sitting at a computer all day. You are in the lab, getting your hands dirty, doing something you know is meaningful to the company.

    Cons

    For me, the work wasn't challenging enough. I learned everything pretty quick, and after that, opportunities to learn more, take on more responsibilities, didn't come up very frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give tech aides more opportunities to take on more responsibilities - they are definitely capable, no less than a summer intern, for example.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great learning opportunity

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annual Review

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    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
  9.  

    A great company, applies old marketing to new markets

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    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
  10.  

    Good place to start.

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    • 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
  11. 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

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