3M Reviews

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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance left something to be desired (in 38 reviews)

  • Large company with good benefits (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea (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. 3M

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    I truly believe big picture, this is a great company. The lower level management and my coworkers were all very competent and professional. I learned much while at 3M.

    Cons

    Working in a part of the company which was a new acquisition was pretty tumultuous. The random rolling layoffs were tiresome and led to many good people leaving before they got cut as well.

    Advice to Management

    Don't staff up expecting a large amount of work until the contracts are signed and the work is properly scoped. Do not rely on such a heavily contingent staffing model. Protect your well earned name better.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefit package, talent engineers

    Cons

    Poor management, not flexible working hours


  3. Research & Development Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The Austin location is a major plus

    Cons

    Management and strategic direction is questionable


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company, Great Benefits, Same Struggles as other large companies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including onsite amenities (fitness center, cafeteria, hair salon, onsite health clinic, etc), good work environment, good mentorship opportunities

    Cons

    Fluctuations in staffing levels are sometimes troublesome. Business units often operate as stand alone orgs, disjointed systems in place that create redundancies in work flow.


  6. DMV dept is a joke

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well. Life/work balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    - Professional management team. - No standards - Lack of insight

    Advice to Management

    Try to learn some real software development life cycle knowledge. Learn some hiring skills, so you don't keep hiring people off the street knowing nothing.


  7. 3M Austin

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My current supervisor is very flexible on my hours and whether I work from home. (Rare)

    Cons

    Once you're in, the raises are minimal. Partially filled office in Austin, TX.


  8. Enjoyable but Slow Role Development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - PMO Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - PMO Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Team, very effective project management

    Cons

    Role was very slow to develop; most of my time was under-utilized and did mostly admin duties.


  9. Helpful (2)

    (3M Motor Vehicle Systems) Bleeding Money...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At least they had a cafeteria and lots of parking.

    Cons

    Every project was in the red, literally. Neither Waterfall nor Agile worked. Management was awful and the Business Analysts had no idea how to write proper functional requirements. All of this was thrown on the Developers with finger pointing and scapegoating leading to massive layoffs. The office was remodeled in 2011 with an automobile theme and it came out looking like a kindergarten. No promotion opportunities. I asked 3 times for a raise and was denied. After I couldn't take it anymore, I left and immediately got hired by a company down the street (not joking) for over 30% more base salary.

    Advice to Management

    Learn proper People Management. Read Peopleware, Mythical Man Month, Winning by Welch. Modernize your software development.


  10. Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, team and flexible work schedule...

    Cons

    Really slow in terms of adapting to newer platforms and technology


  11. Helpful (5)

    Inconsistent and poor management, male dominated

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at 3M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reputable company with long history, decent benefits, many different job paths available

    Cons

    Not good at breaking into new lines of business; they know how to do manufacturing but building less tangible items, such as software, has not been mastered in their environment. Revolving door of managers. Managers make decisions without consulting business team on impact. Managers tend to only talk amongst themselves without taking into account the knowledge and experience of other team members. During annual reviews, it is very hard to be recognized for going above and beyoned because the team setting your evaluation numbers does not know you. Conversely, poor performance is allowed for far too long before it is addressed, creating teams with long-term weak links.

    Advice to Management

    When starting a new line of business, hire experts with the right experience from the outside rather than appointing employees with traditional 3M experience. Consult business team prior to making decisions with critical project impact. Empower employees for success. Recognize people for achievement. Address poor performance immediately.



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