3M Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
618 Reviews
3.7
618 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 34 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and great atmosphere. I believe this company has one of the most diverse and secure product portfolios in the world. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    In my opinion 3M can be a financially conservative company at times. While this has allowed them to persevere through difficult times economically, they pay near the center of most pay indexes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide a great corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and great growth opportunity. They want you to change jobs every 3 years, so that forces you to keep growing, and not sit in one job to long.

    Cons

    Huge CON is getting paid every month, so 12 times a year. Very hard to adjust to. Also there is no such thing as a 40 hour work week. You keep working until it is done. And that can get to a guy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I had a positive experience at 3M

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, pay, and opportunities for collaboration throughout the company. Good mix of work between lab, desk, and manufacturing plant.

    Cons

    It is difficult to track people down when you need information. Everyone has a different agenda. Don't always have enough work to keep busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured plan for interns, there can be downtime when projects are on hold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great culture, moderate pay.

    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M allows it's engineers a lot of freedom to perform their job functions as they see fit. They also work very hard to build a family oriented atmosphere into the workplace. However, they are fixated on maintaining moderate wages for their engineering staff.

    Cons

    3M is a company managed by fiscal quarter, with a constant goal of increasing its stock price. They miss many opportunities with this mindset, however they also avoid costly mistakes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    EE Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

    3M is a great company to work for because of its high standards of safety and quality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Aberdeen, SD
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Aberdeen, SD

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

    Pros

    My employment with 3M offered me the opportunity to work in a very safe environment, and take pride in the quality products that we produced.

    Cons

    Sometimes worked unfair hours, but it really wasn't a big deal. I honestly can't legitimately complain about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome!

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits, opps. Culture is great and wonderful, smart, and talented people to work with. Love it!

    Cons

    It is a company that rewards seniority a lot of times which can make it difficult to advance or come in from outside at a more senior grade level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent culture, good people, diversified

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

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

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance, culture of innovation, open to new ideas/different ways of thinking, many different opportunities. The company is so well-diversified that there are many different career paths one can take.

    Cons

    HQ in St Paul, MN & lots of locations in undesirable places to live, frequent supervisor/leadership changes, not very good with IT or rapid technology changes. Hard to achieve significant pay raises - annual reviews are more about the business conditions & less about individual's strong contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need much more consistency in employee performance reviews & slower changes in leadership roles at facilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship experience

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture (everyone wants to help and is willing to take the time to talk), great work-life balance, good pay with many opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Many would call it a "conservative while male" atmosphere, but that's slowly changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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