3M Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
598 Reviews
3.6
598 Reviews
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
Inge G. Thulin
194 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  

    Good place to learn out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge company with tons of divisions to learn about and work in. Benefits are great and they value work-life balance.

    Cons

    Current workforce has been around forever and is not very receptive to change.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love this 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 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    great culture with a ton of opportunities

    Cons

    Opportunities are based on previous work relationships and relative employed with company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work is Great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician III  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Technician III in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture, pay, benefits, ideal for a career.

    Cons

    May require overtime. Projects can be complex even at the technician level. Demands of quality work is high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A nice experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    The company is well known throughout minnesota
    Good quality of life

    Cons

    Sometimes menial tasks
    Management spotty at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a good time

  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrific Sr Management and poisoned culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Overall Good to Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative
    Current Employee - Account Representative

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent cafeteria, free parking (optional to pay for garage parking $30-60 per month but wait list requires you to be there for years). On-site dry cleaning, gift shop, barbershop, banking, etc. on main campus. Lots of clubs and activities and discounts sponsored by 3M Club. Tuition reimbursement, and Black Belt program as well as resourceful on-line training programs for business, wellness, and life.

    Cons

    Basic to marginal work / home balance due to stressful long hours. Strong "old boys" network they are attempting to neutralize. Limited opportunities for older seasoned workers; overall hiring younger workers. Senior management is isolated in their private dining room / gym / parking, etc. Ugly, noisy open concept offices. Can be very bureaucratic to get things accomplished and for customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set examples by behavior and walk the talk about work / home balance and other programs. Management's heart is in the right place, but the execution can be lackluster by their management teams. A huge bravo to the new Leadership Guidelines that are streamlined and contemporary. Inge is a Top-Notch CEO with a strong vision for this fast changing company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big name with small successes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Service Desk Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I worked at 3M as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The people here try their very best at what they do. You'll see a lot of projects and curiosity, the awe of being apart of a big name company will wear off quickly.

    Cons

    As a contractor, expect to stay one. One of the things 3M pride's itself in is not having lay-offs, don't be fooled. Every couple of months you'll hear of about 30 people being let go or getting an "extended vacation" because a project is on hiatus. Expect your stress levels to stay high while working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, the stand ups are a joke when you try to BS your own employee's. Don't give false hope either, most of the time we hear of all the new recs available but then there's another lay-off and it's not even discussed at the stand ups. Your employee's worry for their job security, and it's not because of their ability to perform, it's because of the companies inability to be honest. Employee's are wanting to move up and explore the company yet there are so many closed doors, be open and discuss more possibilities with your employee's and provide proper compensation - they even have to pitch in for coffee so the company can distribute, at least provide your hard working employee's coffee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    3M Doesn't know electronics.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Knowledge or skills achieved in one business unit are prevented from being shared or utilized in other business units. For example, I was the only software engineer in my unit. I tried to access co-workers in another unit to discuss issues and ideas. But I was told that this was not allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demolish the silos of your battling business units. Work together as a unit instead of competing against yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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