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3M Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
686 Reviews
3.8
686 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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  1.  

    Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good.

    Cons

    A turn and burn company!! Micro Managed. Run like a military squad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back and let people work with they're own style. Its like you're in this business, just to make money, while reps are relying on longevity with a good company. Stop the turn and burn mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It's been terrible

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO

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

    Pros

    To tell you all the truth about the only good thing I have to say about 3m is the benefits because you get them from day one

    Cons

    There's numerous things that are cons out here the first is swing shift it gets to where you don't no if your coming or going and you can't have any kind of life outside of 3m also all you are to them is just a number, and to I have never worked at a place where there is so much favoritism as there is here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create straight shifts not swing shift so people can have a life outside of 3m and get to no the employees so were not just a number to you and cut out the favoritism because we have a lot of good hard working people here that will get no where because of the favoritism and raise the salary there you might just get a little bit more work out of people if they don't think they are working for just pennies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Used to be a good place to work, not so much anymore.

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    Former Employee - Flex Operator in Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Flex Operator in Methuen, MA

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

    Pros

    Good chance to learn new skills and some opportunity for job growth if you get noticed by the right people and have the right degree.

    Cons

    -Attendance policy on par with a grade school style demerit system
    -Forced weekend overtime with little more than 48hrs notice. Vacation requests regularly denied.
    -Small salary increases, offers for new positions are often "lateral transfers" with no increase in pay
    -Management constantly keeps people scared by reminding them "We're competing with China" and that if we don't meet the schedule, we might lose business.
    -Continuous ramping of production schedules without any plan to address staffing and equipment.
    -Reduction of benefits, 401k match was dropped from 100% to 75%, increasing cost of employee insurance contributions yearly.
    -No secondary education = zero opportunities for advancement
    -Management cliques and lots of backstabbing brown nosers. A very difficult culture to stay in for very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job of listening to employees and stop treating production line staff as robots and "warm bodies than can be easily replaced"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work, but good pay.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in DeKalb, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in DeKalb, IL

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

    Pros

    The pay is very good. Overtime is always there if you like it. The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Poor hours and constant forced over time with short notice. No recognition and very poor and unreasonable management, which creates a very negative environment. Very little room for advancement. Strict and senseless safety rules and unreasonable productivity systems that are designed to 'weed' out employees. Very little training, and have to figure out most stuff on your own. Favoritism and workplace politics poison the environment further. Experience and loyalty mean nothing and they will get rid of you in a heartbeat because of the high pay and enormous scale of applicants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redesign safety and productivity systems, focus less on seniority and more on qualifications. More recognition is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company full of idiots! And they are all at the top!

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    Current Employee - Higher On Floor in East Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Higher On Floor in East Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Not one thing. There is one thing, I will be gone in three years

    Cons

    Pay sucks, tiny raises. No one can give you an answer. Six sigma (JOKE) Human resources is a bigger joke. Can't answer any questions at all!. The higher paying jobs are coming back, why would you ever want to work for 3M? They have totally forgot about the employee's that make or break the company. Stay away from the stock also, it is going to drop like a rock very soon if they don't change their ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying your people what they are worth, You are falling way behind. I never seen a company go bad so fast. Stop worrying about the bottom line or you are going to miss what all the smart companies know already. We are going to lose great workers to higher paying companies and the end will be near.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Many smart people, few who know anything.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have cool toys to work with.

    Cons

    However, they have many "educated" credentialed people, that have little practical experience. These people do not want to hear any objections to their grand plan. The plan is followed regardless of whether it is a good plan or not. Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea. Vendors should just give them stuff because it is 3M. This is a poor approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have so many Ph.D's. Hire people with practical experience. Not people who make up stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great staff and very friendly people, they had wonderful people doing the work (Devs, QA, BA's), but the projects were so mismanaged the majority of those great people were let go.

    Cons

    VERY poor leadership, management never accepting responsibility for mistakes made and the senior leadership teams ethics are less then stellar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrific Sr Management and poisoned culture

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    Former Employee - Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Management in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, corp card, work remotely?

    Cons

    Culture is a poisoned pit and dead! There are no new ideas, products and innovation doesn't exist, all talking points. There are two companies, the older employees with fully funded pensions, just counting down days to cash out and newer employees with no pension, options or opportunities unless you sell your soul to passive aggressive arrogance and incompetence. Have no clue about product development, can only acquire tech and them kill it. Nobody cares because company is so silo'd NOBODY in Sr mgmt is held accountable. When they fail, they're just shipped to another division to ruin that one. Products are all commodities and me too's, they don't belong in healthcare, playing musical chairs with positions every 2-4 years. These divisions are truly run by managers with NO sales, marketing, ops and relevant specific industry experience. This is truly a company to go to if you don't have a career and want to kill one you have. Many that have left had to take 3M off their resumes to get any interest, if that doesn't tell you something. If there was a negative rating, this company would get -5 stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop confusing the scoreboard with the game, stop lying to yourselves about the "success" of your company due to a higher pps over last few years. Stop manipulating revenue to achieve quarterly expectations. Start looking in the mirror. Start Reforming your Managers and all employees through rigid HR training on how and what to say to employees, not allowing and sweeping Illegal behavior under the rug. Start opening eyes to your incompetent, arrogant, clueless peter principled managers throughout and start putting your money on the employees. Pay is horribly inferior in market, HR creates a compa ratio band that ranges from almost 0-150k, so good luck with a worthwhile merit raise. Longtime managers are completely over their heads and many wouldn't be hired several levels below in any other company. You can only cut so much and fool yourselves and shareholders for so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    3M, over the last decade 3M is no longer the company that people grew up knowing and loving.

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    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Technical Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and able to do some work from home. Years ago, it was nice working there. There may still be some good positions available at 3M.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is quickly dying at 3M. Mostly contractors doing all the work now. Do not accept a contract at 3M if you think you will ever be made a 3M'er, no matter what any 3M manager say to the contrary. I actually wrote a detailed review about all the Cons, but I decided to retract it. Maybe you can make a difference there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen or care to read advice to them. So I won't waste my breath.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and disappointing

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    Former Employee - Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Some good products and great benefits

    Cons

    Pompous, arrogant, and far too many "managers" who add nothing to the bottom line, but pound on those who do. Good products, but seriously over-priced. 3M had no problem raising the price many times on numerous products as the financial crunch of 2007-08 was impacting businesses, thinking their sales would not be affected much. They lost many long-time customers just because of the insulting arrogance of doing so. It's a reflection of the mentality of the leadership of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either resign ... or eat some humble pie. Get out and sell ... I mean actually SELL something! Spend some time with your sales people out in the trenches and see what they have to deal with on a daily basis. The company is seriously "over-managed".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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