3M Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
579 Reviews

3.6
579 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
Inge G. Thulin
183 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. 1 person 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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great people, great products, international connections provide interesting work. Work-life balance left something to be desired.

    Cons

    Feel like I am always working for Wall Street not the customer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A great team with focus and passion to achieve the same goal!

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M maintains a certain caliber of people such that no matter how high you get you are consistently challenged with new theories and models. The drive to win is foremost but never at the expense of individual contributors. I've never seen an employee act with anything other than integrity and transparency. We are a company that continues to innovate in technology, but also recognizes our people assets.

    Cons

    Size. 3M is BIG! With over 80,000 employees, $36 Billion in revenues, and locations and people all over the world size is our greatest challenge to cope with. The cross functional matrix leaders in this company are the key to unlocking the code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that in the future it will be the young people of the company today leading. Do everything you can to groom, teach, share, build, improve and develop those people. Your retirement income depends on it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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 for 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
  6.  

    Technical Aide, 3M

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    Former Employee - Technical Aide  in  Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN

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

    Pros

    he people were awesome, pay was great for that level, hours were very flexible, and work was pretty independent of supervision. Overall it was a really good opportunity as an undergrad to get some experience in a real engineering position, learn from engineers, scientists, etc. The daily work itself was was nice, pretty chill, stress free. It was VERY hands on too, which was a huge plus. This isn't a job where you're sitting at a computer all day. You are in the lab, getting your hands dirty, doing something you know is meaningful to the company.

    Cons

    For me, the work wasn't challenging enough. I learned everything pretty quick, and after that, opportunities to learn more, take on more responsibilities, didn't come up very frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give tech aides more opportunities to take on more responsibilities - they are definitely capable, no less than a summer intern, for example.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great work-life balance, great if you start at a higher level as an experienced employee

    Cons

    slow career progression, laid-back culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide challenging opportunities to young hires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management disconnect, employees quitting, retiring early, transferring, anything to escape the chaos.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cumberland, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cumberland, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent vacation. 401K is performing OK at the moment.

    Cons

    False corporate values, everything is connected to cost cutting-EVERYTHING. Horrible decision making skills. Incompetent product managers that don't understand the process and how there decisions effect the product. Plant manager focused on trivial things because he is in over his head. HR looking to take away anything that has slipped through the cracks. Raises and yearly rating methods are a Class Action lawyers dream waiting to happen. Compensation levels vary so widely throughout the departments. Many newer operators doing the same tasks for $10 an hour less plus they don't get the pensions like the older employees but the expectations are the same. Promotions have nothing to do with ability, knowledge, education, or decision making abilities. What is needed is ability to not to disagree with other management, have a weak backbone, remove all independent though processes and rely on altering useless corporate metrics to make things look good at the quarterly reviews.
    Morale drops to a new low everyday, with no end in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too many mid and upper level management. Sooner or later there won't be nothing left to cut and shareholders will be looking to trim the corporate fat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old-school expectations (be a company wo/man), 21st century work-life balance (24x7x365)

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

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

    Pros

    Successful company with pretty good pay

    Cons

    Ridiculous travel expectations--3 weeks in Asia, multiple times per year
    When not traveling to Asia, expected to be constantly connected--answer emails all night
    Vacation--isn't. Check in email every morning and evening, minimum. Take calls as needed.
    The old-school benefits are gone--no pension, no banking vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance, new blood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Large, traditional company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Highly educated scientific community in lab and engineering (manufacturing).
    Stable company that moves at stable to slow pace so work is not overly stressful.
    Highly analytical company.
    Global company with global opportunities.

    Cons

    Slow pace.
    Decisions not delegated down so no real ownership.
    Lack of accountability.
    Outdated work environment (face time matters vs work, gender biased, hierarchical, etc)

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always something new

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    Former Employee - Multiple
    Former Employee - Multiple

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

    Pros

    Good people, open environment, ability to chart your own course and work in areas of interest.

    Cons

    Career paths are very open and flexible which is good, but also is a little ambiguous

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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