3M Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Great Culture

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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

    Pros

    Open environment and culture that promotes growth and development

    Cons

    Large organization and difficult to have visibility to everything available to employees (resource, opportunities, etc...)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Professional Organization

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Very collaborative team, very innovative, professional.

    Cons

    None at this time. See no cons at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good products, good reputation in the market, good business processes, and good opportunities to grow within position

    Cons

    Career growth is somewhat limited by the culture. There's not a lot of turnover, Management develops a strong bench, and they really seem to care about making sure you're ready for the next role. . . but good performers can get stuck for quite some time waiting for others to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Not the company it used to be, but still strong.

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

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

    Pros

    3M is a large multinational company that believes in innovation. It is a great company to work for if you are able to get a really good manager that believes in development and growth.

    Cons

    It is an older company with some older manufacturing viewpoints and policies. There is a ton of competition and long hours. Some decisions that are made by management seem to fall by the wayside with regards to communication. There is a lot of disparity among the ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Business Director in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Global Business Director in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Conglomerate that offers opportunity of career development within different functions and different businesses. This flexibility is an added value to keep employees motivated and challenges the ones that need to learn and develop themselves.

    Cons

    Not as flexible as other specialized companies, where they can act faster due to the prioritization process that exist in big companies, especially when you have different businesses which makes it more complex

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership team! It would be great for the middle management to have more access to the executives live, not only through webstream

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Ugh...

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    High salary. For an entry level Supply Chain Analyst out of college the base salary is 68k-75k plus bonus.

    Cons

    No access to sunlight. The buildings smell. Cramped cubicle and office life. People don't leave the company so a lot of people are there 30+ years and over 45% are due to retire in the next 5 years. 3M is very metric-centric. Get used to being chained with golden handcuffs bent over a laptop working on excel spreadsheets in your cube or office. Management is known for being micomanagers. There is no training for new employees. The company is not environmentally friendly--despite what they like to spin to the public. The buildings are dirty and floors are not vacuumed regularly. The people in the St Paul offices are not friendly. Do not come here if you are in your 20s or early 30s and want to make a difference. Only choose 3M if you need a high salary, don't care about the environment or sustainability and don't have a family you want to see at night. Salaried employees are expected to work 10-12 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for employees would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Big Mistake for me

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Awesome products
    Intelligent people
    Good discount
    EAP program for employees which helped "Me" deal with the hostile environment

    Cons

    Company does not accept new blood.
    Very hard to make friends.
    Employees think it is a WONDERFUL company, they have only been there so they don't know any different.
    It took me over 50 internal job applications to finally transfer out of one dept to go to another.
    No help from Human Resources, they support management not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked extremely hard for your company for 4 years and received NO recognition for the hours I spent on a huge project. I did not feel at all welcome to join this company, new people are not respected in any way. So sorry I wasted 4 years of my life that I won't get back because of hearing how "Great" 3M was to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a good company in the 80's

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to switch divisions, lot of interesting areas to work in, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Nothing is done with poor performers, but God help you if you ever get depressed while you're working at 3M

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differentiate between dumb people and bright people, and groom them accordingly -- get rid of all the nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. Strong Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules are available depending on your job, not all are grandfathered into this but worth a request. Great Benefit program, employee discounts, good work-life balance but employees must be willing to do their part to make that work, no one is going to hand you the easy button.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to navigate other divisions or business groups if you are not familiar with the structure of that area, hard to get noticed for opportunities if you are not well known.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Do not grow older than 40

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

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    stock program. Company store. Ability to change businesses

    Cons

    you will get your job eliminated when you become too expensive. No special considerations for employees with loyalty and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent and stop worrying about protection from lawsuits. Do the right thing. Better figure out the portfolio rationalization process so people who take career risks are not penalized. Spend money on growth not cutting costs with data and rationalization. SAP is sucking the life out of current investment in long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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