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66 English questions out of 66

January 4, 2021

What is paid time off like at 3M?

Pros

3M has a great company culture. Everyone seems to uphold the companies values and in my two years working there I have not met anyone I wouldn't want to work with again. It is a large company so there is some "Bureaucracy" but I have never found it to hinder my job. The thing I like most about 3M is their flexibility in working and their willingness to do what is best for the employees and company rather than just the shareholders like many other companies in todays world. They are very "conservative" in their approach so don't expect crazy high salaries and crazy new world perks(like unlimited PTO, drinking at work, constant parties) but I have found everything about my job and its benefits to be fair or better than average. The most surprising thing to me about 3M is how many employees have been there 20, 25, 30+ years and still love their job, I think that is a testament to how well 3M treats their people.

Cons

I really cant think of very many cons. As mentioned before it is a large company so somethings are slower to move and you are usually defined by your role so if you want to do a lot of random unrelated things it might be tough too. Vacation is probably very industry appropriate but can feel like less compared to some other companies.

Advice to Management

You already do a great job taking care of your employees but make sure you can keep good employees as well!

They are very "conservative" in their approach so don't expect crazy high salaries and crazy new world perks(like unlimited PTO, drinking at work, constant parties) but I have found everything about my job and its benefits to be fair or better than average.

January 4, 2021

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April 22, 2022

Does 3M offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great coworkers, great benefits package, flexible, remote work options.

Cons

Healthcare leadership in the US is only focused on acquisition employees, structure does not allow for success. Employees are not empowered to make decisions. Too many micromanagers that do not trust employees or other departments to perform their assigned roles

Advice to Management

For the VPs start making decisions instead of leading by consensus. For directors start listening and trusting your peers and employees.

Great coworkers, great benefits package, flexible, remote work options.

April 22, 2022

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January 21, 2021

Does 3M offer massages?

Pros

Very stable company with nice & modern offices and great benefits. Coworkers are super friendly. Nice cafeterias and they also have food trucks that come several times a week. As long as you do a good job they will never let you go. A lot of the awesome people that works here have been with the company for decades.

Cons

Lacks organization, projects are poorly planned and you spend so much time doing redundant tasks during execution and even more time fixing the results afterwards. Very stingy, no free coffee or cups, you barely get water and the machines are always broken. The company store sells very old merchandise at small discounts that you end up throwing away because it no longer works.

Very stingy, no free coffee or cups, you barely get water and the machines are always broken.

January 21, 2021

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August 29, 2020

Does 3M have a sabbatical or career break policy?

Pros

A job that pays money

Cons

3M is your typical corporation, and for those who have seen the documentary, “The Corporation,” you'll know what I mean. In addition to that, the Springfield plant is no different than any other workplace, especially large factories - favoritism, discrimination, unfairness, backbiting, the good-ole-boy network, good workers are punished, slackers are rewarded, silly rules, rules that are just made up when convenient, wasted time and money, the blame game, and the common mismanagement pretty much sums it up. Compensation needs to be improved, about $5-$10hr more plus profit sharing, since the workers are dealing with deadly chemicals and therefore endangering themselves, their co-workers, and the community. Mandatory overtime can be a problem and you will be expected to work 19 12-hour days straight to meet “business needs.” But they will give you 2 days off only to repeat the 19 days if necessary, because they care about you and your family, so they say. With that said, after nearly 4 years of service I was terminated for not conforming to the political beliefs of 3M that were being forced upon the workers. For the last 5 months of my employment I put up with the new policies, the signs, the emails, and verbal communications regarding so-called “COVID-19” and didn't dare question any of it, since questioning the Narrative is strictly forbidden. Despite the absurdities, the lies, the insults, the guilt-tripping, and all of us being treated like children, I remained quiet and said nothing. Even when some mystery dude came around spraying everything and everybody in the break room while we were trying to eat, I just fled the scene and allowed him to continue. As the mask ritual became the latest brainwashing campaign, 3M Springfield brought this charade into the plant and distributed masks for voluntary use, twice, which I simply ignored as did everyone else. At this point I became concerned because I knew the Plan was calling for mandatory participation, so my dignity line was drawn. Being forced to wear some dehumanizing mask that marks my acceptance of an immoral agenda and implies I am contaminated and that my co-workers are contaminated crosses that line, and I refuse to be disrespected and degraded by selfish, unloving people who simultaneously puff themselves up to be virtuous, be it 3M or anywhere else. After the mandatory mask announcement I requested a personal leave of absence with 3M Springfield HR due to religious objections to wearing a mask for this purpose. After supposedly discussing with “the team” for over a week, the HR manager and whoever is on this team, as expected, did not approve the leave, did not offer an accommodation, and would not let me in the plant without a mask even though I was willing and able to work, so the official termination is blamed on absenteeism. Most people are aware that this mask agenda has nothing to do with health and safety, no matter how much the order-followers lie and chant their mantra, but rather compliance, conditioning, symbolism, ritual, and superstition. If anyone desires to work with 3M, or any other large corporation, be prepared to be treated like a dumb animal because the mask is only the beginning, so it may be best to just avoid the trap and not even give these seared-conscience people the satisfaction of forcing their inhumane beliefs upon you.

Advice to Management

Do not discriminate. Do not force your political beliefs on the workers. Question and research the Narrative.

After the mandatory mask announcement I requested a personal leave of absence with 3M Springfield HR due to religious objections to wearing a mask for this purpose.

August 29, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Does 3M offer dental insurance?

Pros

Good PTO, good pay, good 401k, dental and insurance plans

Cons

Not easy to move up, lack of communication, inconsistent OT, and always doing construction/rework

Advice to Management

Improve communication throughout plant, standardize every department, and incentives for employees

Good PTO, good pay, good 401k, dental and insurance plans

June 26, 2021

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