3M UK Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    3M Big Profits small Salaries

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payables - Front Line in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Accounts Payables - Front Line in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 3M UK

    Pros

    Good Building, relaxed atmoshpere. Cheap Gym on site. Flexible working hours. Huge company means larger chance of career progression as opposed to smaller firms.

    Cons

    Very poor rates of pay compared to other companies in area. Keeping employees on temporary contract for years causes anxiety and doesn't makes good hardworking employees look elswhere for employment. Training given is bad and poorly organised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being over cautious on head counts and give the "So called" temporary staff permanent contracts. Pay us what we're worth.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. Comfortable

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at 3M UK

    Pros

    Promote from within culture, very easy to get comfortable - people don't leave. Great opportunities to move between different businesses and a really strong brand.

    Cons

    U.S. led, almost impossible to implement change. Highly political at times as you might expect of a large corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great company, innovative, tries to do the right thing whilst keeping the stock markets short-term view at the forefront

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Profitable company, better managers believe in the McKnight principles. Good benefits including flexible working, family friendly. Due to its diversity 3M weathers financial storms extremely well. Promotes innovation and different practices and methods (but see cons). Great health and safety committment. Overall a good/great company but could be truly exceptional.

    Cons

    As for any good company limited career choices due to longevity of service of people. Recent focus on tagging high potential employees for fast track is having a detrimental effect. The company will potentially constrain much ability to do things differently by normalised company processes and procedures- is one size trying to be fitted to all?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the short term and long term plans in balance, take the lead and be better than the stock market. Improve the employee mid year and annual review processes to be even more meaningful with more upside than downside (not the bell curve performance theory)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. The best environment for both personal and professional growth

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    This company has excellent all round credentials, it attracts the best, provides an environment to develop and create some truly rewarding personal and customer expereinces

    Cons

    No cons, just opportunity after opportunity to make the best of every internal and external relationship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance/Treasury
    Current Employee - Finance/Treasury

    I have been working at 3M UK

    Pros

    Profitable company. Good management at all levels. Flexible with hours. Understanding of employees with children. Good holiday package. Good benefits.

    Cons

    To climb the ladder past a certain point you need to have a degree or qualification in the field, understandable but they overlook perfectly capable people for a less qualified person with a certain piece of paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Progress the people that deserve it and have done the groundwork to be promoted accordingly. See what under your noses and dont always follow the guidelines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. Varied - opportunity to move around the organisation

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at 3M UK

    Pros

    Ability to move around compan nd experience different roles. Gain Experience.

    Cons

    Poor compensation as compared with market...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vital few - understand who they are in the organisation as well as what they are....

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Family Style Company Slow Pace

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    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at 3M UK

    Pros

    - good balance of life/work
    - flexi work (core hour 10 to 3)
    - nice people
    - free parking

    Cons

    - slow slow slow in everything
    - no budget for training/education prepare for DIY from Day1
    - career path depends on your boss/mgr retirement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make ECDP work as it should be

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Sales focused - not good at seeing the big picture

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at 3M UK

    Pros

    BIg varied company - potential to work in a number of different businesses. Dedicated people, many of whom have been there a long time. Good external reputation

    Cons

    Sales focused - no real idea about marketing. Spent a lot of money in the last couple of years developing a marketing excellence programme, but haven't had the guts to follow it through. Obsessed with detail and data, but won't spend the money on customer research to find out what customers really want. Very technology and manufacturing focused.
    Low morale amongst marketers who feel undervalued and unable to utilise their skills, and sick of the short term obsession with intricate financial detail. There is a tendency to trust 'the system' rather than the knowledge and experience of the marketers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement the marketing excellence programme, and listen to your customers in all businesses, especially the consumer facing ones.
    Take a longer term view on marketing spend - acept that some programmes will not deliver in the same financial year.
    Put in place the systems and resopurces to actually allow your marketers to measure the success of their programmes - hard sales numbers are very important, but so are local brand strengths and perceptions.
    Launch products, instead of just letting them escape
    Allow sales and marketing to work together - the current structures just line up fights
    Let us meet and share best practices with our International colleagues - and then credit us with having the knowledge to understand our own markets and the ability to identify what is appropriate for our customers.
    Live the mantra - really 'put the customer at the heart of everything that we do' all the way through the organisation, and give us the support to do this.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company but not great payers

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at 3M UK

    Pros

    great people work at this company who are very commited to the job. Not a great turnover in staff which shows that they are OK to work with.great company, very diverse job opportunities if you live near Head Office in London.

    Cons

    Salary not reflective of the amount of work em-ployees put in to career, bonus structure has very recently changed- negatively I might add. Staff moral very poor with external sales people as they are the ones who are suffering from poor bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously look at bonus structure to keep the best people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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