3M Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
598 Reviews
3.6
598 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
Inge G. Thulin
194 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.  

    Secure Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Extremely diversified company. Innovation driven. As a person in a sales function. Couldn't ask for a better company to work for. 3M consistently launches new products. Which means always have something new to show customers.

    Cons

    We are usually the most expensive. Which makes for a difficult sale. But usually 3M products always provide the best performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Company culture emphasizes fairness and diversity. Those that excel are rewarded financially for their achievement
    One of the better 401 and benefit packages available today

    Cons

    Pay is a little below average
    Promotions seem to come to those that are "selected" in advance
    Positions are posted that have already been filled with the person they had in mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite employees ides on what it would take for them to perform better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong technology opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Scientist in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Very technically-driven organization; strong opportunities for technical staff to advance and make a difference. Personal growth and skills growth is an expectation across the organization. Many opportunities to see a breadth of technologies you won't find anywhere else.

    Cons

    Still very much a chemistry and materials company; pushing hard to incorporate software and electronics, but there are cultural challenges that make this challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible and nice!

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    Current Employee - Tech Aide  in  Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Tech Aide in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    3M offers very flexible and friendly work place for its employees. Ideas are valued and encouraged so that is always nice but the biggest perk for me is the flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is ok but the benefits package (atleast for my level) suck so maybe that would be an area to improve on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the managers I have come across are very involved yet keep there distance so maybe more interaction with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Really great company, boring position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    3M is an awesome company. The people who work there are great and friendly, the company is committed to improving both its bottom line and the world, and they are doing some very innovative things in the laboratory. It is a HUGE company with lots of divisions, so there is an ability to move around should you get bored in one area.

    Cons

    All the tasks assigned to me were quite mundane and easy. I finished everything much quicker than the time allotted, but then had nothing to do to fill the time despite asking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the talent you have better!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, good manager

    Cons

    Nothing. Found another job in my expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good gig for full-timers looking for a safe job, contractors get a raw deal.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most people are great. No one on the ground treats contractors any different than 3Mers. Culture varies a lot by group (it's a huge company after all). My group was great, very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hopefully you got a job that interests you because there is little to no chance at advancement as a contract employee. Your manager will probably talk to you about a conversion, but their plans will be subject to 4+ managers and executives above them. Every time one of those positions changes, all plans get reevaluated (and very often thrown out the window). Since most management positions change every 2-5 years you are pretty much guaranteed to be chasing the full-time conversion for 3-6 years, but really it is never guaranteed and I promise you they will try to low-ball you on the offer (make sure you take those years to learn the pay scales and pay attention to min/max/market). Honestly, I had to have had one of the best contracts around (20 hrs per week, I set the hours, pay rate comparable to T3 engineer) but even I grew tired of it after 2 years and got a much better full-time job elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that only next quarter matters. Your budget games hurt long-term shareholder value and demoralize your employees. You are in for a world of hurt when you finally realize that the younger workers are not chained to you like the older ones on a pension plan. Over the next 5 years you are letting half your experience walk out the door (retirement) with no effort to transfer knowledge. 5 years after that your most talented middle career employees will start job hunting after years of having multiple jobs dumped in their laps with bellow market pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Long term options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company for career development, lots of options to move between divisions.

    Cons

    Large company can sometimes move slowly. They are cutting down on international placements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company and amazing entrepreneurial culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great company to learn and grow. Lots of opportunities across divisions to have a skill variety. Great dynamics in R&D and commercialization and entrepreneurial efforts.

    Cons

    Leadership changes too often in recent years. Large organization issues, such as free-riders and stagnant employees in some divisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong, consistent company with great benefits and a developed, attainable business model.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great benefits, strong leadership.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement outside of St. Paul, slightly below average competitive pay scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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