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3M Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
572 Reviews

3.6
572 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
Inge G. Thulin
177 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 27 reviews)

  • The best part of working there was the coworkers attitude and work environment (in 24 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good prospects but challenging organisational structure and practices

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    3M offers good opportunities for internal advancement. It also has an unusually friendly corporate culture. With a global reach, it is also pretty good to get experience of an international community.

    Cons

    Not enough outside talent is brought in, 3M mostly relies on promoting from within and not back-filling. This means that it can be very hard to get traction in using modern business methods that have widespread acceptance outside the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to explore numerous careers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    3M harbors great collaboration with all levels of employees. Many opportunities to further your career. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Many levels of approval required for changes. Change management can be a full time job, hindering quick progress. Other than that a great employer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The matrix is you friend…and your enemy

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

    Pros

    There is a great depth of businesses within the company and a strong base of technology and new technology development.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be constricting and burdensome, as well as consuming energy and time. It stunts individual creativity and entrepreneurship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for new-experience in Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Juan, PR

    Pros

    Worked as a Marketing Trainee (Intern) in one of their divisions. They Provide a great opportunity to learn about your area, with different tasks.

    Cons

    If you are new, it is a challenging way and you are competing with 5 or 6 interns more.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Older company that is slow on the technology front

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server - Applications Administrator  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Server - Applications Administrator in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for if you don't need to stay on the cutting edge of everything.

    Cons

    Company is known to employ a large number of contractors for a long time (due to it's large number of full time employees). You MAY have to put in a number of years before there is an opportunity to come on full time (if you are in the IT department).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, Great Values

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    I had an internship with 3M and it was a very rewarding experience. 3M is a very unique company that gives you an insight into many different industries. There were a lot of opportunities to be involved in the community and move around within the company.

    Cons

    I didn't have many cons during the short time I was there but other employees did hint that the promotion process didn't seem fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lot to learn about getting into Software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good pay
    Always looking to build the business
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Treats their contract workers like a used toy. Never know when that one day will come where they say "Sorry, you are no longer needed."
    While its good that 3M is trying to expand their business, they take on too much business, can't handle it all, and then panic.
    Have the manufacture mentality while trying to develop software. Plugging people in and out of software development doesn't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice co-workers, but they will work people to death

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked at 3M as a contract employee. A lot of my co-workers were great and I really enjoyed getting to know them. If you can get in as an actual 3Mer and not a contract employee, you get great benefits.

    Cons

    They expect their employees to eat, breathe, sleep, and bleed 3M. They don't care about people as individuals -- everything is about profit, profit, profit and you are a cog in the machine before you are a human being. As a contract employee, they jerked me around -- a lot. And expressing my displeasure with that got me fired. There are also A LOT of meetings. I don't know how people get any work done because they are in meetings all day. Also, their new company policy is that 99.8% of the jobs require a bachelor degree, regardless of whether it is applicable to the specific job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    3M is good company to work for if the job is a good fit.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    Pros

    Benefits are good compared to other US companies. 3M treats employees well. Company is very ethical.

    Cons

    Focus on quarterly profits, sometime management decision hurt the company in the long run so department numbers look good. Because the company is so large, there is company bureaucracy. Because 3M is not a software company, IT is very strict on type computer, installed software, email software very old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research and Development needs more priority.

  11.  

    Positive

    Former Employee - Material Planner  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Material Planner in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Good Pay, positive learning environment.

    Cons

    Need better health insurance and more flexibility with work hours.

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