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innovative company with opportunity for advancement

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

3M has a culture that allows innovation without punishment for failure. Lean six sigma is one of the main reasons for 3M's success in keeping costs down and hiring outstanding people. Communication from the middle management down is good so I assume communication down the chain of command to all levels is the same. Compensation and benefits are in line with the industry standard although there have been some changes. We'll have to see what the industry does. Morale is high considering the economy and the tough decision from St. Paul. Management shows a great deal of respect to the employees.

Cons

The culture of "that is the way we have always done it" is alive and well within all ranks. This is starting to change in the production area but is slow to be adopted in other areas. One of the downsides is some of the plants are in small towns. This is not always a downside but if you want a good meal you may have to drive for it as well as going shopping. This also limits the potential employee pool and makes it difficult to get an outstanding engineer or manager into your plant due to the location.

Advice to Management

remove the silos between plants/divisions

Other Employee Reviews for 3M

  1. Helpful (2)

    3M-Still a great place to work-if you're a young boot licker.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired Supply Chain Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Retired Supply Chain Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative work is rewarded, but you must toot your own horn, as management expects your best all the time. Benefits were excellent for a long time, but are lessening as times change. Flex time in Austin is encouraged, making for less stress. Open building design encourages more interaction between sales/marketing/engineering/lab.

    Cons

    Questionable selection of management, placing untested people in level 14 jobs who have never gone through the ranks. Expectations that a canoe can move just as fast with 10 oars and only 4 rowers. Salaries are lower than at other equally rated jobs in the Austin area since they are tied to national averages.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to the people who are doing the real work, don't just give the opinion surveys lip service. Give more credit to the loyal, long-term employees who think that "Mother M" still exists. They will serve you better than the young upstarts you are moving up the ladder.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Slave to the Man

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a large company with lots of diversity of products. You have many options, if the company is doing well.

    Cons

    I'm not certain that they care about their employees and their relations with their employees. Rather than being straightforward with decisions or showing confidence with decisions, they wait until the last minute to make decisions. The true test of how great a company is to work for is how they treat their employees in downturns. 3M is not demonstrating to me that its a company I will want to stay with for my career.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and forthcoming with employees. Don't leak some information and then change your mind 5 million times. If we need a layoff, have a freaking layoff... don't make the company hellish for all employees. You won't lose the crappy employees, you'll lose the ones you don't really want to lose (those with not enough initiative to move on!)


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