3M Reviews in Saint Paul, MN

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
580 Reviews

3.6
580 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 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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  1.  

    Long term options

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    Great company and amazing entrepreneurial culture

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

    I worked at 3M full-time for 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
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Account Representative  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time for 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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  5.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere and culture is great, everyone is very willing to help and as someone new to the field that helps a lot. I never feel bad asking questions. They are also really good about putting on fun events, whether it's to learn or something fun after work.

    Cons

    I felt like people were overloaded with work. They were also trying to cut costs everywhere making some projects difficult to continue with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to explore numerous careers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3M harbors great collaboration with all levels of employees. Many opportunities to further your career. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Many levels of approval required for changes. Change management can be a full time job, hindering quick progress. Other than that a great employer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Older company that is slow on the technology front

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    Current Employee - Server - Applications Administrator  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Server - Applications Administrator in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for if you don't need to stay on the cutting edge of everything.

    Cons

    Company is known to employ a large number of contractors for a long time (due to it's large number of full time employees). You MAY have to put in a number of years before there is an opportunity to come on full time (if you are in the IT department).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, Great Values

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had an internship with 3M and it was a very rewarding experience. 3M is a very unique company that gives you an insight into many different industries. There were a lot of opportunities to be involved in the community and move around within the company.

    Cons

    I didn't have many cons during the short time I was there but other employees did hint that the promotion process didn't seem fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An established, successful company to gain useful engineering experince at

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    Current Employee - Technical Aide  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Th environment has a hard-working, nice vibe to it. Training does not take too long.

    Cons

    Not really any yet besides that benefits could be better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Just a number!

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Fair benefits, good opportunity for advancement if you are willing to sacrifice your personal life.

    Cons

    No consideration for the personal life of their employees. As far as management is concerned, all they need is a warm body to fill any position. Management looks down on workers like they are machines that are malfunctioning when they are sick or need a vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ever mistake a new shiny four year degree for true intelligence. People that decided NOT to waste four years of their life in a classroom are just as capable of meeting and exceeding expectations as someone that did!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Product Developer at 3M

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Create work-life balance. Great place to become exposed to various technologies and work closely with experts. Technical community is extremely collaborative and senior members do a create job of mentoring younger employees. Have 15% culture encouraging technical employees to explore projects outside of their current role.

    Great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Somewhat of an "old-school" and culture. However, the amount of younger employees seems to increase every year, making the environment a little more lively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade lab facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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