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Updated August 2, 2015
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance left something to be desired (in 38 reviews)

  • Large company with good benefits (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Then when it comes time to actually pay vendors for what they want, senior management balks at the idea (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. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of divisions, each has it's own culture. Great for your resume

    Cons

    Very conservative, no focus on diversity, and no focus on recruiting and retaining youth. Tons of nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Be open, doing what you've done for the past 20 years isn't going to continue to work in the years to come


  2. DMV dept is a joke

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well. Life/work balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    - Professional management team. - No standards - Lack of insight

    Advice to Management

    Try to learn some real software development life cycle knowledge. Learn some hiring skills, so you don't keep hiring people off the street knowing nothing.


  3. Talent Planning and Acquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Always a lot of work to do and opportunity to get involved

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations by management, very budget driven rather than to further careers of employees. Too many empty promises and pay was below the market.

    Advice to Management

    Don't speak out of both sides of your mouth. If you want to provide a path to success, give the employees the tools and allow change to happen. It is not all about numbers. Valuable Contributions are made in so many other different ways.


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  5. Very Depressing Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Select One in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Select One in Maplewood, MN

    I worked at 3M

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy life, slow project movements, not hard to please management, good benefits

    Cons

    Being in Minnesota, very hard to convince management to do something new, all the major projects taken by people already at high positions. Mentoring is only a name and followed by few senior level scientists. Most of the scientists are looking to become part of important projects and have their name connected to them. New employees (doesn't matter how good they are) are always seen as secondary inventors, even if everything was their idea. Huge race in technologists to come up with new ideas, so lot of instances of stealing ideas, snatching credits etc.

    Advice to Management

    Management is still in old hierarchy mode, and promotions are dependent on time you are at the company and not the contributions. Promotions are dependent on who you are working with and which project you have, and nothing to do with your actual contributions. So management has to be aware of distributing the good projects among all the employees and not only the favored ones.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefit package, talent engineers

    Cons

    Poor management, not flexible working hours


  7. Good intern experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support from mentors and coworkers. They want to help your learning experience. Opportunities to talk to people all over the company. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not the highest pay. Intern housing isn't great.


  8. Research & Development Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - R&D Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The Austin location is a major plus

    Cons

    Management and strategic direction is questionable


  9. Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best innovation company where any ideas are being valued.

    Cons

    Very highly matrix organozation that might confuse some people.


  10. Application Development Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    I cant think of anything bad.


  11. Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    The majority of the people are good and there is plenty to learn for awhile. They have a great college co-op program and many come back after college. There is many people that have worked there since graduating from college.

    Cons

    A Contractor has learning limits after a few years, because Contractors do not have a career path. If you are the type of person that needs to continually learn, try to get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose the smart Contractors, hire them....or lose all of that information, only to train again. Does not make sense and only frustrates the Managers, Supervisors, and company employees about direction and commitment.



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