3M Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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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. Great company overall, needs to get it's head on straight with some things

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun projects, great company values, employees have some amazing benefits Practically guaranteed raises each year.

    Cons

    The environment of the division I work in is very unstable. The company spread itself too thin with too many projects and now it has recently had to layoff a number of employees and contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and upfront with your employees and they will respect you more and want to work for and grow the company.


  2. 3M Austin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M

    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. It's one thing to be late; it's quite another to never be on time!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Talented staff
    Great support
    Unbelievable access to experts

    Cons

    Reorganization are massive and painful
    Lack of clear direction from senior management
    Nothing moves very fast except bad decisions

    Advice to Management

    Leave software to the professionals... It's really is different than manufacturing.


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  5. Enjoyable but Slow Role Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - PMO Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - PMO Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  7. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  8. Helpful (5)

    Inconsistent and poor management, male dominated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  9. "Great. Is this review supposed to be about 3M or the position I am apply for? If this position, I do not have that

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to and understanding management.
    The workforce was dedicated until it became a l little tense when the layoffs started

    Cons

    My work team was dispersed and we were unable to meet as often as needed

    Advice to Management

    The release of staff during the lay-off could have been performed a little more gracefully


  10. 3M Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT/Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT/Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a permanent employee, your presented with options to move up fast within your current or other departments. They encourage personal development.

    In the event that you are laid-off, you are given the opportunity to find a job within 3M or external within a set time frame while still remaining on the payroll as a permanent employee. In addition, services are provided by 3M for assistance in that situation.

    Office culture is positive. There are opportunities to get involved with internal groups sponsored by the company for networking and giving back to the local community.

    Cons

    There are sudden transitions in departments which cause instabilities. The company is old school. The processes are slow.

    Advice to Management

    The opportunity is there if you are willing to travel and/or move.


  11. Not what I was promised.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - IT Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the employees and the flexibility of my hours. They allowed me to work my own hours, as long as I put in the 40 I was required to.

    Cons

    Didn't compensate me enough. Was not truthful in my employment. I was promised a raise, and after 8 months of asking and hearing excuses, they offered to renew my contract at the same amount. So I left.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in the offering stage of the hire. I was promised more than I was given.



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