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3M Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated Jan 9, 2014
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3.7 13 reviews

                             

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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin

Inge G. Thulin

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for with good pay and benefits.

Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsGreat work environment. Tina of smart people without the attitude.

ConsDepending on what division you're in, but career profession can be slow for technical people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible workplace for contractors.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at 3M as a contractor for less than a year

ProsDecent salary and pretty campus.

ConsFull-time employees look down on contractors, no free coffee (have to pitch in on monthly fund), very immature atmosphere in certain areas because of all the contractors. Most of the other employees aren't very personable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great! place to work!

Quality Engineer IV (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at 3M for more than 10 years

ProsFantastic campus and professional work community.
Team environment and everyone gets their job done - no whiners.
Great benefits - Medical, Health, Vacation, etc.

ConsSome jobs can include conference calls outside of normal work hours.
May include domestic / international travel (could also be a pro for personal / professional development).
Sometimes have to wear too many "hats" due to lack of resources.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more cognizant of employee career development. Being "too" busy not only hinders employee development, but also the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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new hires are trained from day one and are given enough time to learn the job requirements.

Manufacturing Associate (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

Prosyou do not have to work overtime. If their is a time that your needed you can always ask someone to work for you. As along as you keep your lead and supervisor informed. Supervisor has to approve of the change first.

Constoo many chiefs and not enough indians. New hires must question their Trainer, if too many people are giving you different process methods

Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example. New hires learn from their Leaders and behave like their Leaders.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Treated well if you perform well, but no additional training provided.

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsLarge, diversified company. Plenty of opportunity to move within the company. Competitive salaries.

ConsAbsolutely no training provided for almost anything that costs any money. Very cheap company and do not have any interest in developing employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide continuing education assistance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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In a technical community that you are never turned down for asking for help

Senior Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

Pros- One of the few long-established corporations truly strive for technical innovation and refuse to reduce to a commodity business.
- Its highly diversified product portfolio contributed to good job security, especially during the late economic downturn.
- You can always find someone who is knowledgeable in an area you are interested in. They ALWAYS offer help. I've heard this is not true in many other large companies.
- Seminars and classes keep you fresh.
- Good compensation and benefits.

Cons- The downside of diversification is that human and capital resources are stretched thin in some areas. It can be hard to get things done effectively when you don't have a critical mass.
- Stability can mean less dynamic, but it is very different from one business section to another.

Advice to Senior ManagementOverall, 3M's management is doing a good job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was an unfinished process

Sales Operations Analyst (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at 3M

ProsGood people overall, there can be opportunities in St Paul.

ConsManagement has changed, less people oriented.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to your roots

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The experience at 3M was certainly one where I learned both good and bad ways to do business.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at 3M

ProsThis is a very large company, so if you're looking for a place to work long term with a lot of different opportunities, this is a great place to be. You do need to wait until people move to a different role or retire before getting opportunities for advancement though.

ConsAs a major company, it is very slow moving sometimes. Decisions that should take a few days can drag on into weeks and weeks at a time.

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waste of time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at 3M

Prosflexibility in scheduling, friendly coworkers, profit sharing, fair salary, company outings, great benefits and longevity with the company

Conspolitics, incompetence in upper management, lay offs, promotions only within ranks so no upward mobility for most analysts who are not already in management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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3M is generally speaking a great company, and I enjoyed my time there, I learned a lot from a lot of people.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at 3M

ProsGood pay
Great benefits
Still had a pension plan, but not for new employees now
Reasonable flexibility in working from home when needed, etc

ConsLong hours, depending on the job, 60 hour workweeks were not uncommon
Travel, again depending on the type of job
Little accountability for management
Slow but steady downward trend in how people are treated

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your technical employees, they make the company work. Don't be too quick to mock traditional 3M values, and embrace the cultures of other companies, remember that 3M has been around for 100+ years and is currently thriving- this means that the 3M way can't be all that bad.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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