3M Reviews

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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Great opportunities!

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    Current Employee - EHS Engineer
    Current Employee - EHS Engineer

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

    Pros

    - Excellent employee development for EHS employees
    - Strong corporate staff to provide assistance to plants
    - Strong network of EHS professionals to work with

    Cons

    - Sometimes corporate staff is out of touch with the needs to plant employees.
    - Not as much corporate oversight in other areas (engineering, HR, finance)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage location leaders to walk the talk of Lean Six Sigma. Focus on EHS goals besides LTI/number of recordables.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Solid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    This a is very stable, friendly company

    Cons

    Not as cutting edge as it used to be

  3. Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Big company, good atmosphere, good people.

    Cons

    Hard to move around in the company if you don't know many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your technical aides

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Overall this has been a positive place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities as there are positions in nearly every job function or field somewhere in 3M.

    Cons

    In the last 10 years the employees have been increasingly squeezed in their duties; i.e. just when I think I can not possibly be expected to do more, a member of the team moves on and they are not replaced. Majority of employees are overloaded and do not have time in their schedules to improve on themselves career-wise. "Work-life balance" is officially promoted however the scramble to cut costs is negatively impacting workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace people when they leave. The dollar saved is not worth the excessive decrease in morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Overall it has been a good experience

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    Current Employee - Converting in Nevada, MO
    Current Employee - Converting in Nevada, MO

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Good work experience on manufacturing

    Cons

    Being forced to work overtime should be a choice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be involved more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Open environment and culture that promotes growth and development

    Cons

    Large organization and difficult to have visibility to everything available to employees (resource, opportunities, etc...)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3M has been a great place to start my career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    Current Employee - Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Company is innovative with directionally correct leadership. 3M has excellent products and technology as well. As an employee, I've had many of opportunities to develop, and great mentoring as well.

    Cons

    Company is bureaucratic, although I can't speak to whether it is more so than other large companies. Also, some of 3Ms competitors seem to pay better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point, 3M seems to be focusing on the right things. However, the company needs to focus on speeding up the rate at which it makes changes. Also, 3M would be able to retain more talent with better salary and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Exciting, but challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

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

    Pros

    Opportunities abound if you look for them, great benefits, mostly friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Entitlement is abound! Some people will not go out of their way to help (e.g. not my job); improvements do come, but are slow to materialize. Hourly employees are paid by their job classification regardless of performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Professional Organization

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Very collaborative team, very innovative, professional.

    Cons

    None at this time. See no cons at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good products, good reputation in the market, good business processes, and good opportunities to grow within position

    Cons

    Career growth is somewhat limited by the culture. There's not a lot of turnover, Management develops a strong bench, and they really seem to care about making sure you're ready for the next role. . . but good performers can get stuck for quite some time waiting for others to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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