3M HIS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Scrum

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    Current Employee - Manager in Murray, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Murray, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M HIS (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The shakeup needed is happening - ala Scrum

    Cons

    Opportunity and paths for pace setters still in question

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reward the stars to balance the mediocre


  2. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 3M HIS full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Bonus, Large Company

    Cons

    Slow moving, Inconsistent goal setting, Long hours for salaried employees

    Advice to Management

    Factor in releases into your staffing strategy.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Excellent benefits, services, training, not very tech focused.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 3M HIS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are top notch I doubt many companies will provide better. The job training is the best I've ever been offered. The company is very serious about retaining top talent. The work environment is very friendly and low stress.

    Cons

    Management does not understand technology. Patents are more important than open source and they want to convert everything to Microsoft. Switching from SVN to TFS was an upper management decision when it should be an engineer's decision. Virtual machine provision is locked behind archaic red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers, allow them to direct technological decisions, and grant them the flexibility to do their jobs.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Mid-level Management is Severely Lacking

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Murray, UT
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Murray, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M HIS full-time

    Pros

    -Opportunities for growth -Compensation -Yearly promotions -Clean facilities

    Cons

    -Lack of product knowledge -Hostile environment when working with development (swearing, unprofessional and demeaning) -Lack of training -Management prevents employees from moving to other departments unless you have had the job for two years

    Advice to Management

    Learn the products that you are managing. Give praise to the employees doing the work not the ones taking credit. Stop changing the management structure and expecting things to change without adding more resources.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Murray, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Murray, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: - 3M (who owns 3M HIS) is a large and stable company with good salaries and benefits - New "Flexibility" program in work hours helps employees coordinate around personal schedules

    Cons

    Cons: - Chaotic work environment with constantly shifting priorities - Risk taking is punished, not rewarded - Very micromanaging/controlling management team - Stale/stagnant technical environment without growth opportunities - Corporate IT policies not friendly to software development

    Advice to Management

    Advice: Company culture comes from the top down and for the last couple of years the culture at 3M HIS has been very toxic. There is constant pressure to work more hours and good people are starting to leave. Despite double digit growth numbers we're made to feel like we're on the edge of collapse. This needs to change! My advice to management is: 1) Listen to your technical teams! (We are a software company where software engineers and technical managers should have a voice.) 2) Remove barriers to work. (Create more meeting spaces with better projectors/whiteboards. Get rid of dumb IT policies like restricting admin rights on developer PCs.) 3) Re-institute 3M's 15% time program. (Didn't know it was gone? Ask around and see how many people feel like they have time for it!) 4) Improve communication and cross training. Remove product/team silos. 5) Slow down the pace. (Limit the number of releases, prioritize work, say no to customers when appropriate, limit one-off features, limit the number of platforms supported.) 6) Get technical teams and customers together. (Site visits, trade shows & summits, ...) 7) Improve morale. (Little perks like occasional team lunches or cookies in the lobby go a long way. Let everyone go home early before Thanksgiving. Add cable/TV to the large television sets in the breaks rooms. Those sorts of things.) 8) Listen to your technical teams! (Important enough to repeat!)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Formerly a great company that needs a shake up to get back on track

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    Current Employee - Developer in Murray, UT
    Current Employee - Developer in Murray, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People in the trenches are generally great to work with Large, stable company Room for improvement Talented developers

    Cons

    Senior leaders don't listen to the experts Support staff not technical enough to handle issues so lots of bleed over to devs Very few "perks" for a multi-million dollar company Priorities constantly shifting

    Advice to Management

    3M HIS has some good products and potential. You should listen to the front line workers. Stop changing priorities. Say no to customers when they demand things that are unreasonable or not feasible. Replace middle and senior management with more technical people that care about and take care of employees. If you take care of the employees they will take care of the company.


  8. A place where mediocrity is the norm

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M HIS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Monthly pay check and that is it.

    Cons

    You wont believe the level of talent (or lack there of) you would see at 3M HIS. People at 3M HIS get into roles that they are completely unqualified for simply because of politics. Seniority is measured in terms of years rather than true competence. This division has no notion of meritocracy. If you can butter up your boss to get ahead, you will eventually win awards and get into higher levels in the company. Otherwise, be where you are for the next 10 to 15 years. Women, as many have mentioned are sidelined in this company - completely stuck in the old mentality. For fresh grads and people who have a bachelors or higher, all of this would be highly soul crushing. Not to mention the zombie like office environment. Unfortunately, the clueless-ness of this division starts from the very top. The competence of the current president is representative of this division. You will see incompetence right from IT to NLP.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No change, executing by mistakes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is OK, Salary is OK but not great

    Cons

    Executing by mistakes, external hires are forced to do it the HIS way, even they were hired to drive change

    Advice to Management

    Change


  10. Helpful (5)

    Keep you in a box

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M HIS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -If you're a talent, you can have a job forever at 3M. Average career is 25 years. -Good benefits

    Cons

    Please note, this applies to only the HIS division: -Division leaders lack vision and are tyrants when it comes to managing talent. They will yell at you in meetings for nothing. -If you're a company that gets acquired by 3M, just run, leave as fast as you can. 3M will suck the culture you've come to enjoy out and will drain any joy you had working there. The 3M way means antiquated ways of managing and thinking which makes sense given that 3M has been around for a 100 years. -If you don't fit into the mental "box" they've created for a position, don't expect to get a job you really want. For example, they will only hire MBA's for certain positions even though more competent people can do the job who don't have the qualification. They don't understand what it means to nurture and find "talent". -If you're not a member of the talent (sales, product managers, implementation, marketing, etc) expect to have a short leash and be fired quickly for not helping achieve the bottom line. HIS restructures like it's going out of style. -No work from home opportunity. They want people in the office even though they say they are a "green" company and despite the fact that the people who work out of the Silver Spring office live in one of the worst metropolitan areas for traffic.

    Advice to Management

    You need to replace all senior management with people who actually understand technology. You have too many marketing and sales people running the division.


  11. Technical Service Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company Lots of room for growth and to move up. Great colleagues Great pay and incentives

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.



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