3M Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
622 Reviews
3.7
622 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 35 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.  

    One of the best places to work to grow in your field.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technologist in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Technologist in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interested in helping employees to reach their potential.

    Cons

    No cons in my experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    "Great. Is this review supposed to be about 3M or the position I am apply for? If this position, I do not have that

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to and understanding management.
    The workforce was dedicated until it became a l little tense when the layoffs started

    Cons

    My work team was dispersed and we were unable to meet as often as needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The release of staff during the lay-off could have been performed a little more gracefully

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    R&D Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - R&D in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Lot of variety in projects in the R&D group. Can easily change to a project of interest if you ask your manager.

    Cons

    Sometimes, you don't get assigned a project when you start so have to spend some time asking around for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare projects for intern before their start date

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    • 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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    EE Internship

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    • 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
  9.  

    I had a positive experience at 3M

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    • 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
  10.  

    Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

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    • 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
  11.  

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

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    • 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

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