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change in management needed

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

I have been working at 3M

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The location is great especially if you are an eastside Twin Cities or Wisconsin resident. The people are top notch. The benefits are pretty good, but things are starting to be taken away. There are worldwide opportunities available, but harder to come by these days.

Cons

Some times management lives in silos. Doesn't give opportunities to people willing to take them. Management plays it safe and doesn't take too many risks. They are worried too much of what the "street" has to say. The work can be mundane. Communication is something that needs to be worked on. To move around, you've got to know some one.

Advice to Management

lead by long-term, not short-term.

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    3M Industrial Sales in a nutshell.

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    Current Employee - Account Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at 3M

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    3M is a great company with a long track record of developing new products and great employees. Everyone that works at 3M is generally happy, and have been with the company for a long time. 3M creates a nice work life balance, and generally promotes managers who have good people skills, and genuinely care about their employees. 3M has deep pockets, and can do somethings that other companies might not be able to do as far as discounting products, and providing technical and sample support which can really help a sales rep win in the field. Marketing also does a nice job of communicating with the sales reps. Overall, 3M really is a great place to work, and morale is generally very high.

    Cons

    When I worked for 3m they had just got done going through a lot of changes (guided by Jim McNerney and Six Sigma) that cut a lot of the innovative side of the business out of 3M. The effect that this had (in my opinion) is that a lot of the "value" was stripped out of 3M's product offerings. What customers have come to expect from 3M is that they offer new and innovative approaches to everyday problems that customers face when manufacturing products, or performing everyday tasks necessary to keep a business running. The new CEO, George Buckley, has been playing catch-up the past few years now in order to supplant the lack of innovation by acquiring other companies. Whether this approach has worked, and or will work, remains to be seen.

    Advice to Management

    The view that the majority of sales reps had was that the senior management was always trying to find ways to hold sales reps back from being compensated on the commission piece of their compensation. I would encourage them to develop a council (that includes senior and junior sales reps) that helps to create a more fair and motivating system of compensation.


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    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid technology company and talented personnel.

    Cons

    Volatile environment and frequent layoffs. 3M changed from being a place where people worked forever to a place where people frequenly leave. It is probably no different from most corporations today, but it is certainly a huge culture shift for this corporation. Also, there are lots of systems for everything which impede the progress of projects unnecessarily.

    Advice to Management

    Steady the course instead of changing business strategies so frequently in response to quarterly returns.


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