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3M Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
673 Reviews
3.7
673 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Process Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great work experience. Good environment for learning and growing.

    Cons

    Worked 50hours plus per week. No time for personal life. Upper management is micro managing.

  2.  

    Fun, energetic place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picker/Sorter in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Picker/Sorter in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Driving a forklift and pulling products.

    Cons

    Long hours, designated smoke area too far from the plant entrance to take a break.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong Corporate Culture

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

    I have been working at 3M full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules are available depending on your job, not all are grandfathered into this but worth a request. Great Benefit program, employee discounts, good work-life balance but employees must be willing to do their part to make that work, no one is going to hand you the easy button.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to navigate other divisions or business groups if you are not familiar with the structure of that area, hard to get noticed for opportunities if you are not well known.

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

    Great Company

    • 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

    Pros

    Good Hours, Solid Pay, good upward and lateral movement opportunities depending on what type of job you want within 3M.

    Cons

    High Management turnover. Most upper management changes positions every 2 to 3 years, this makes the corporate message a moving target. Most higher level positions require relocation to St. Paul, MN.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good overall... challenging but sometimes unjust

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great opportunities to grow or change career paths all in one company.

    Cons

    Cost is king... And so is revenue... Real kicker is that no matter how good you do, you'll always be asked to do more/better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee feedback seriously, some people are just not meant to be bosses. Move them back to where they were good. Losing good employees due to a bad boss happens all too often... Even at 3M.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good experience

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

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Diverse company with good opportunity. It was a good position while in college. 3M is a highly regarded company, not much turnover.

    Cons

    Favoritism is apparent in some divisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Do not grow older than 40

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    • 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

    Pros

    stock program. Company store. Ability to change businesses

    Cons

    you will get your job eliminated when you become too expensive. No special considerations for employees with loyalty and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent and stop worrying about protection from lawsuits. Do the right thing. Better figure out the portfolio rationalization process so people who take career risks are not penalized. Spend money on growth not cutting costs with data and rationalization. SAP is sucking the life out of current investment in long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good at what I do.

    Cons

    Very bad at what I do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, team and flexible work schedule...

    Cons

    Really slow in terms of adapting to newer platforms and technology

  11.  

    Engineer

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers: The people at 3M are amazing, they are a highly intelligent and creative group.
    Diverse products: You can always find (or create) something interesting to work on, 3M is literally doing a little bit of everything.

    Cons

    Everyone is a Manager: Despite 3M having separate management and engineering tracks, everyone at 3M is expected to manage in order to further their carriers.
    Meeting, Meeting, Meeting: Nothing happens at 3M unless it happens in a meeting room. A significant amount of time is spent in meeting rooms rather than in the lab working.
    Way too many projects: Every engineer is expected to carry a large number of projects, to the point that only an hour or so each day can be devoted to any one project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the promotion path for technical employees. 3M has a large number of talented and creative technical employees who are being overwhelmed by the daily overhead required to ensure they check all the required boxes by the end of the year. Promotions are slow and engineer salaries outside 3M quickly outpace those inside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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