3M Reviews in Saint Paul, MN

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
618 Reviews
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618 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 34 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time (less than an 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
  2.  

    I had a positive experience at 3M

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

    I have been working at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, pay, and opportunities for collaboration throughout the company. Good mix of work between lab, desk, and manufacturing plant.

    Cons

    It is difficult to track people down when you need information. Everyone has a different agenda. Don't always have enough work to keep busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more structured plan for interns, there can be downtime when projects are on hold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, moderate pay.

    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer T1 in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M allows it's engineers a lot of freedom to perform their job functions as they see fit. They also work very hard to build a family oriented atmosphere into the workplace. However, they are fixated on maintaining moderate wages for their engineering staff.

    Cons

    3M is a company managed by fiscal quarter, with a constant goal of increasing its stock price. They miss many opportunities with this mindset, however they also avoid costly mistakes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture (everyone wants to help and is willing to take the time to talk), great work-life balance, good pay with many opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Many would call it a "conservative while male" atmosphere, but that's slowly changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Good company with solid foundation. Great benefits and decent pay. Good on site benefits at headquarters. Exciting and inspiring new CEO.

    Cons

    Slow moving and a bit old school. Advancement is slow, but steady. Politics are sometimes a bit much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to drop low performers and accelerate advancement of top performers. Look for ways to get 3M known to public outside of post it recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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 (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.  

    Really great company, boring position

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Great company and amazing entrepreneurial culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great company to learn and grow. Lots of opportunities across divisions to have a skill variety. Great dynamics in R&D and commercialization and entrepreneurial efforts.

    Cons

    Leadership changes too often in recent years. Large organization issues, such as free-riders and stagnant employees in some divisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Long term options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great company for career development, lots of options to move between divisions.

    Cons

    Large company can sometimes move slowly. They are cutting down on international placements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong, consistent company with great benefits and a developed, attainable business model.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great benefits, strong leadership.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement outside of St. Paul, slightly below average competitive pay scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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