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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to work

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

    I worked at 3M

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Needs less red tape, more backbone.

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

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    At the grass-roots level 3M is a great place to work. Work/life balance is good, rarely is there more than occasional overtime to get the job done. Lots of new products, and a culture that seems to do a good job in preventing 'siloing' of people. In some places there are resources being brought to bear on products that are utterly awe-inspiring.

    Cons

    Big company red tape, not as bad as my last employer though. Lack of fortitude and commitment on the part of middle management is a real problem. Advancement and promotion are entirely based on politics. Communication from above is spotty at best, misleading at worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower middle management. No decision of any importance in 3M is made below the rank of Director. We might as well not even have managers apart from handling HR paperwork. This is a mixed blessing, as the quality of middle management in the company is very hit or miss. Some really good managers, some not worth their weight. I suggest cutting one good layer's worth of management out of most of the company.

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