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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN

I have been working at 3M

Pros

3M is involved in a wide variety of technology platforms, which means a scientist or engineer can work in different fields throughout his/her career. It also means that it is possible to transfer between divisions when you need a change!

Cons

Unfortunately, the promotions/rewards system currently in place do not encourage long term high-risk research as much as short term, low-risk projects.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management should reward high-risk paradigm-shifting research, even if it does not result in immediate sales. Otherwise, technical staff will naturally choose to do low-risk, short term projects, which probably will not result in breakthrough discoveries.

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    This program is perfect for engineering students who are interested in R&D.

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    Current Employee - Tech Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Tech Aide in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about how to refine the way you think about research and product development. Working here will improve the integrity of your work and documentation skills. It also teaches students a lot about working in a corporate environment.

    Cons

    Currently, contract employees are treated as second rate citizens, with no opportunity for an in. They are frequently dismissed when they inquire about secure job opportunities and will be kept on-hand for years without being hired permanently. They get no paid vacation, no bonus, and no opportunity for advancement.... aside from the pay, being a tech-aide is actually more advantageous since you can have access to many more company resources. This program, however, is only available to students.

    As a tech aide, you simply won't learn some things if you just don't ask so be sure to fulfill your curiosity by asking questions about the tasks which you perform. Otherwise the job can become quite boring and monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for recognition of the contract talent. Help them with their career aspirations if they show real ambition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Location. Stable- depending on where you are in the corporation. Ample opportunity for lateral movement to try different things.

    Cons

    Below average compensation and benefits. There is NO work/life balance at 3M unless you've been there for a long time! If you do stand your ground and not let them stomp on you, you'd better be happy with where your at because you'll never get anywhere. The 3M philosophy is to suck you in, dump on you until they break your back and then spit you out. They don't care about retention of good talent which is very saddening. Best part is management knows this! My manager keeps telling me to put various things on my resume..

    Very Political! Lots of headstrong people with big egos and personal agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up! Promote trained and qualified people from within. Treat employees like humans and you might be surprised with the outcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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