3M Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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. Good intern experience

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

    I have been working at 3M

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

    Pros

    Lots of support from mentors and coworkers. They want to help your learning experience. Opportunities to talk to people all over the company. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not the highest pay. Intern housing isn't great.


  2. Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    The majority of the people are good and there is plenty to learn for awhile. They have a great college co-op program and many come back after college. There is many people that have worked there since graduating from college.

    Cons

    A Contractor has learning limits after a few years, because Contractors do not have a career path. If you are the type of person that needs to continually learn, try to get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose the smart Contractors, hire them....or lose all of that information, only to train again. Does not make sense and only frustrates the Managers, Supervisors, and company employees about direction and commitment.


  3. Great Place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, salary. Work live balance is healthy.

    Cons

    Objects aren't always communicated well

    Advice to Management

    Communication needs to flow in both directions for the best decisions and marale...


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  5. Operator

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

    I have been working at 3M

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

    Pros

    Great benefit and good pay

    Cons

    No bonuses, hard to switch to first shift .


  6. Engineering Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern

    I have been working at 3M

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay is very good, very professional and clean institution

    Cons

    projects are not prepared in advance for interns


  7. 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


  8. Marketing Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Multi businesses you can lead your career. Layoff and downsize periods are few and far between.

    Cons

    Sometimes old school ways of thinking.


  9. Research & Development Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    20+ Yr Employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - T4A in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - T4A in Maplewood, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent employer for the HQ market. Decent pay and benefits. Wide array of opportunities if the role you're in becomes routine (relatively easy to move within the company). Some ability to take risks. Collaborative environment. More than a one trick pony.

    Cons

    HQ campus is depressing. Remodeled buildings remind me of Star Trek Enterprise. Moving to office designs with a communial style (few walls/dividers between workspaces). "Profit Sharing" is deferred compensation...was first taken away, then returned the following year...not sure it motivates anyone. Stock options only for managers or equivalents (people generally in second half of their careers).

    Advice to Management

    Lean Six Sigma is a set of tools, not cure-all. Why hire engineers/scientists if you don't value their training? Promoting only your Black Belts doesn't motivate your teams to perform. Senior employees not interested in the gimmic that senior managers never had to endure.


  11. Helpful (1)

    whatever

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    The amount of Nepotism in Management

    Cons

    Cant complain Great Pay and benefits



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