3M Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
600 Reviews
3.7
600 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For those who are interested in work-life balance, this is a great place to be (in 30 reviews)

  • Good benefits, solid team & leadership for the most part, good values, solid ethics (in 25 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.  

    The wrong people in the most important jobs, lazy workers cruising through while talented workers do all the work,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Bangor, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bangor, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    decent salary, excellent h&s, P.P.E provided . tea and coffee provided for breaks

    Cons

    no chance for promotion or development for factory workers, poor HR Department,, lack of fairness on shop floor,poor management , lack of communication,money wasted on poor process engineer ideas.old workforce and lack of jobs for temps with talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask operators for advice, treat everyone fairly(all shifts to be treated equally) offer development plans to everyone who requires them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and great atmosphere. I believe this company has one of the most diverse and secure product portfolios in the world. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    In my opinion 3M can be a financially conservative company at times. While this has allowed them to persevere through difficult times economically, they pay near the center of most pay indexes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide a great corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Secure Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Good place to work but the climate is terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    It is a good place to work at because the work load is low compared to other companies. Low pressure and proper compensation

    Cons

    The climate here is terrible, especially in the winter. And the winter is pretty long, almost lasts half an year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Strong technology opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Flexible and nice!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Cubicle job was not for me

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Work was boring and unfulfilling

  10.  

    Good job for a long time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

    I have been working at 3M full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Investing in staff development;
    Atmosphere of freedom and creativity;
    Respect for people;
    Stable company;
    diversified company = you can change your business and not to change employer.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much attention to the processes.
    Very rarely, lack of responsibility (matrix company).
    Salary is always a little lower than the market. But a lot of different compensation and benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more speed in decision-making. We are a big company, but often we lose opportunities for average companies by reason of low speed. Everyone in the company should be aware that customers are paying us salaries, but not the boss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Really great company, boring position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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