3M

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3M Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
685 Reviews
3.8
685 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 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.  

    great place to do well and even move ahead in a careee

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    great salary, more nependence, top infrastructur

    Cons

    not many to be honest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great innovative company with lots of room to explore new ideas

    • 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

    This company really helps push you to create new ideas and help make things more efficient. They have all the necessary resources to make sure you can perform the best.

    Cons

    In my experience, I did not get as much feedback on my performance as I would have liked. In the two years I have worked there I have not had a performance review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your staff more, as well as provide more feedback related to the quality of their work. Expose your employees to the other aspects within their division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Stable 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

    Work/life balance, good pay and benefits. Strong Midwestern values and people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Facilities need updating, lots of red tape, rigid management structure. Promotions can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing young professionals. Outline clear career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company!

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

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

    Pros

    Conglomerate that offers opportunity of career development within different functions and different businesses. This flexibility is an added value to keep employees motivated and challenges the ones that need to learn and develop themselves.

    Cons

    Not as flexible as other specialized companies, where they can act faster due to the prioritization process that exist in big companies, especially when you have different businesses which makes it more complex

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership team! It would be great for the middle management to have more access to the executives live, not only through webstream

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Planning and Scheduling intricate and demanding manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    3M is as good as any company there is. Ethical leadership and well managed overall. Per capita, the ding-dong factor among employees is better.

    Cons

    Some individuals aren't diligent, diplomatic, or considerate enough in getting what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the long term and focus on daily averages and not month end or quarter end. Long term customer satisfaction, growing markets, and ongoing profitability are far more important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun, energetic place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8. 6 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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Mistake for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Awesome products
    Intelligent people
    Good discount
    EAP program for employees which helped "Me" deal with the hostile environment

    Cons

    Company does not accept new blood.
    Very hard to make friends.
    Employees think it is a WONDERFUL company, they have only been there so they don't know any different.
    It took me over 50 internal job applications to finally transfer out of one dept to go to another.
    No help from Human Resources, they support management not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked extremely hard for your company for 4 years and received NO recognition for the hours I spent on a huge project. I did not feel at all welcome to join this company, new people are not respected in any way. So sorry I wasted 4 years of my life that I won't get back because of hearing how "Great" 3M was to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company in the 80's

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

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy to switch divisions, lot of interesting areas to work in, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Nothing is done with poor performers, but God help you if you ever get depressed while you're working at 3M

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differentiate between dumb people and bright people, and groom them accordingly -- get rid of all the nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people 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

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