3M Reviews in Saint Paul, MN

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
599 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 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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  1.  

    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 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 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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  5.  

    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 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
  6.  

    Long term options

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 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
  8.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Great company to explore numerous careers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Older company that is slow on the technology front

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great Company, Great Values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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