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3M - hidden opportunities

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Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Maplewood, MN
Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Maplewood, MN

I worked at 3M

Pros

3M has a very innovation oriented culture. Employees are encouraged to come up with even incremental process and product improvements.

Coworkers are very cooperative. There are very few barriers to information sharing. You can go across the campus to another lab and get the resources you need for your project.

Cons

To succeed in 3M, you have to be working in a core technology such as films, adhesives or biochemicals. If you are in a support group or division, opportunities for exciting projects or career advancement are limited.

Mid level managers seem to have very little power. They have very limited ability to help their direct reports in performance improvements until it is too late.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower the mid level managers and lab directors to make the necessary changes. Make them more enaged in the careers of their direct reports so that they can provide effective feedback and guidance.

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    Resources cut left and right does not create a growth engine.

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move into other jobs for especially sales, marketing, business, chemists, and engineers. Diversity of projects and people. Culture of innovation is still around. Most employees are happy to work at this company because of interesting projects and advanced technology. Very few employers have the breadth of knowledge available to the 3M community.

    Cons

    Innovation has taken a real hit. Creativity is stifled by management who only sees one quarter ahead. Not willing to take big risks for fear of failure. The "old 3M" which means something different to everyone really never existed, but the reason it keeps coming up (how things were better at the "old 3M") is because there has been a slow decline over many years in terms of project resources, benefits, management communication to employees, and creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize 15% time. Speed up the development time of new projects by applying more resources where needed rather than demanding that a project be completed by Date X.

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    Just a little 3M

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    An open and fairly casual attitude about delivering sales results is the best reason for working at 3M. We are prodivded the tools and traning necessary to do our jobs and do them well. We have support from immediate and upper management when any issues arise and very quick response to correct them.

    Cons

    We are a big company that moves very slow to make changes if they can be made at all. If one is not identified as a top producer or effective leader it may be impossible to move towards the position you want.

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    None

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