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3M Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
655 Reviews
3.8
655 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.  

    The possibilities are truly endless, but it's up to you to deliver and take advantage of them!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Truly innovative company that allows and expects you to become an expert in new markets and technologies. If you are genuinely curious, willing to work hard, and not waste time playing internal games, you can accomplish great things at 3M.

    Cons

    3M offers a ton of freedom, both in how you work and with whom you work. That's a good thing, but it's also a challenge, because sometimes it's hard to tell who are the people who you can trust to be focused on developing products and technologies that matter, vs. just playing games to look good to management. If you get stuck with the game players, it's really hard to make progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to be more open about the challenges of commercializing technologies and products, and find a way to get rid of people who care only about their careers (vs. trying to accomplish something).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    -Great system of informational interviews which allows perspective students to get to know what roles in the company they would be most interested in working full time
    -Attempts to place the interns in areas that they are interested in
    -Good company with a diverse portfolio of technologies
    -Good working environment and work/life balance
    -Fantastic company culture that promotes team work
    -Fun programing for summer interns

    Cons

    -Miscommunication between various HR and hiring managers regarding procedures means that some students were not contacted regarding their preferences for placements.
    -Extreme risk averse culture common to midwestern companies
    -Needs improvement in Engineering to Business Strategy "translations"
    -Salary not competitive enough for Chemical Engineers. (they group entry level engineers into the same pool of T1 and T2 salaries)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the salary is pretty competitive for general engineering, keep in mind that it is on the very low end for Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering for industry, even in the mid-west.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great People, Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, amazing 401k matching, awesome science applications

    Cons

    Everyone has been here a long time, it takes time to move up, but it happens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
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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
  6.  

    Exciting and friendly environment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to talk to you, and wants to help. Understanding management and challenging assignments. Very exciting place to work!

    Cons

    Pay is strictly average, and advancement through the technical ladder is much slower than the manager side. Everyone is married and has children, and most of the work force is retiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good experience, great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Strong company, great people, good pay and opportunities.

    Cons

    A bit boring at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    3M

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    • 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
  9.  

    Good place to begin a marketing career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M has about 25 divisions (though this number has been shrinking) which gives plenty of opportunity to move around and gain new experiences. You can't get bored here in a marketing/business management role, if you do it's your own fault.

    Cons

    Relentless focus on quarterly targets, little room for true long term strategic planning, fairly high level of bureaucracy and lack of accountability due to matrix structure (product division / geographic subsidiary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to manage out the dead weight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great interview, quick hire

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    It was a great learning experience but I am not going back.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Large R&D budget means cool projects.
    People are very nice.
    The campus is really nice including the employee stores.
    Lots of high tech toys to play with.

    Cons

    The location of the 3M company main campus in St. Paul is not the best location for new college graduates unless you are from the area. Interns were provided housing at the University of Minnesota but no transportation was given to 3M ~30 minute drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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