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3M Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
652 Reviews
3.7
652 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Analyst looking for more

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Strong company values, opportunity to advance, general flexibility as long as work gets done

    Cons

    All career paths go through St. Paul, Minnesota

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  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  

    Good overall experience, tough boss

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Compensation was fair and benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Boss was very condescending and did not invest in employees.

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  5.  

    Inconsistent and poor management, male dominated

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Very good experience, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  10.  

    Great company overall, needs to get it's head on straight with some things

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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