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3M Reviews in Maplewood, MN

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
652 Reviews
3.7
652 Reviews
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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  

    Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    solid company, with a good culture and benefits

    Cons

    travel there is tough, especially if you are coming from the west

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more working from home

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    3M

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good career opportunities and senior management

    Cons

    no cons, but I would like to see a more modern/younger culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great interview, quick hire

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Content Specialist in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Digital Content Specialist in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    It is a strong brand with solid products.

    Cons

    They spend on marketing than research and development. Which makes sense but makes it hard for the marketing team to execute ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to digital development and evolution.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    One of the best places to work to grow in your field.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technologist in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Technologist in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interested in helping employees to reach their potential.

    Cons

    No cons in my experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    EE Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PI&CS Electrical Engineering in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - PI&CS Electrical Engineering in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, helpful environment, very easy to get help from fellow workers there, have mentors that you can always go to for help

    Cons

    slow work pace, a lot of time spent waiting for other parts of the project to go through, sometimes project for intern not well defined so have to look for extra work during waiting time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more defined projects prepared for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company that offers very good job security. Innovative and diverse projects. They allow you to spend some of your time working on side projects you may be interested in that can benefit the company. Even as an intern, I was able to propose some changes that were put into effect

    Cons

    Lots of older employees who have been "lifers" at 3M. The IT side is a mess and it takes a long time to get even small changes implemented. Not much communication between the global divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More global communication. More agile processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good gig for full-timers looking for a safe job, contractors get a raw deal.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Most people are great. No one on the ground treats contractors any different than 3Mers. Culture varies a lot by group (it's a huge company after all). My group was great, very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hopefully you got a job that interests you because there is little to no chance at advancement as a contract employee. Your manager will probably talk to you about a conversion, but their plans will be subject to 4+ managers and executives above them. Every time one of those positions changes, all plans get reevaluated (and very often thrown out the window). Since most management positions change every 2-5 years you are pretty much guaranteed to be chasing the full-time conversion for 3-6 years, but really it is never guaranteed and I promise you they will try to low-ball you on the offer (make sure you take those years to learn the pay scales and pay attention to min/max/market). Honestly, I had to have had one of the best contracts around (20 hrs per week, I set the hours, pay rate comparable to T3 engineer) but even I grew tired of it after 2 years and got a much better full-time job elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that only next quarter matters. Your budget games hurt long-term shareholder value and demoralize your employees. You are in for a world of hurt when you finally realize that the younger workers are not chained to you like the older ones on a pension plan. Over the next 5 years you are letting half your experience walk out the door (retirement) with no effort to transfer knowledge. 5 years after that your most talented middle career employees will start job hunting after years of having multiple jobs dumped in their laps with bellow market pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible and nice!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Tech Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    3M offers very flexible and friendly work place for its employees. Ideas are valued and encouraged so that is always nice but the biggest perk for me is the flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is ok but the benefits package (atleast for my level) suck so maybe that would be an area to improve on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the managers I have come across are very involved yet keep there distance so maybe more interaction with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Intern in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    3M is a very large company with many smart people. It is great to be able to learn a lot from your colleagues. There is a big emphasis on collaborating with people across the company. The good thing about 3M's size is that there is almost definitely a position that is a good for you. The people are very nice, and the company culture is built on ethical business practices

    Cons

    Most of the employees are older, caucasian males, so it is a little lacking in diverse viewpoints. This is likely to change in the next 5-10 years as these people retire, but it was rare to see a senior-level employee who did not fit that demographic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tech Aide

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about upcoming technologies. Hard work pays off. Tech Aide position is a great way to gain experience.

    Cons

    Very focused on chemical and mechanical engineering. Other disciplines of engineering have limited roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at 3M is great! Keep recognizing creativity and innovation. Employees with these traits are what drives 3M.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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