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3M Overview

Saint Paul, MN
10000+ employees
1902
Company - Public (MMM)
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. As one of the world’s leading companies, we have the best and brightest working to advance more than their own career. They're working to advance the entire world.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#60)

Company Updates

  • In honor of being named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, check out the innovations that have shaped 3M's history and may have impacted your life without you even knowing it.

    Fast Company Names 3M One of 2019's Most Innovative Companies

    Fast Company has named 3M to its list of Most Innovative Companies, with a focus on our Smog-reducing roofing granules-a sustainable product that harnesses the power of the sun to turn roofing shingles into a pollution-fighting surface. This is just one of more than 60,000 innovative 3M products used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries, created by our 93,000 employees worldwide.

  • "Employees here have an opportunity to explore many different types of industries, business models and roles in their careers without changing companies." Learn why Angelines and Karen love life with 3M.

    Advocacy for and Advice from Women in STEM at 3M

    At 3M, our 91,000 employees around the world inspire us every day by devoting their work to improving lives. And Application Engineering Manager Angelines Castro Forero and Global Business Unit Director Karen Albertson are no exception. Read ahead for their take on why 3M is seen as a great place to work and their advice for prospective 3Mers.

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3M – Why Work For Us?


3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, our integrated team of scientists and researchers works with customers to create breakthroughs. Our inventions have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

With offices in more than 70 countries, our 91,000 employees are part of a large network of the world’s best minds. But our collective intellect is only part of our success. At 3M, diversity is essential to innovation. From our student interns to our plant workers and our corporate leaders, we seek and value differences in people, which drive our company forward and keep us relevant. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas.

At 3M, we believe the right science applied the right way touches people worldwide. Every day, we’re generating breakthroughs that make your lives better, easier and more complete. That’s not to say it’s easy. Since 1902, the formula for our success has been the same as today: innovation plus perseverance—in our products, our people and our brand.

If our 46 technology platforms—ranging from adhesives and abrasives, to ceramics and nanotechnology—represent our body of work, our research and development team is our heartbeat. And our success would not be complete without our designers, who translate insights into creative solutions around the world.

​​​​Here, it is not just about the bottom line. We strive to make a positive impact on the world by actively contributing to sustainable development. While we relentlessly pursue customer satisfaction and commercial success, we do it within an uncompromising framework of environmental, social and economic values. In short, we are committed to improving our business, our planet and every life.


At 3M, we believe that what the company stands for is just as important as what we sell. We are proud to have built a century-old tradition of operating with uncompromising honesty and integrity. From the way we run our business to how we expect our employees to act and the value we place on our shareholders, we’ve earned our reputation for doing business the right way.

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3M photo of: 3M is a giant melting pot of smart, motivated people.
3M photo of: We give you the flexibility to help balance your work life with your personal life.
3M photo of: Whether you’re working in one of our labs, offices, manufacturing facilities or research centers, you will be learning, growing, and doing challenging, rewarding work that benefits you and 3M.
3M photo of: We are a “pay for performance” company: The more you contribute to 3M’s success, the more success you create for yourself.
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3M photo of: Our huge array of global locations, technologies and products provides many pathways to a rewarding career.
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3M Interviews

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at 3M in November 2017.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by two engineers and someone from HR. The questions asked were entirely behavioral based and lasted for roughly 45 minutes. The majority of the time, the questions being asked pertained to six sigma or lean manufacturing.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you tell us about a time when you had to deliver bad news to a supervisor/boss, and how did you handle it?   1 Answer
    • Walk us through a time where you had to implement a process change. What important steps did you take?   Answer Question
    • What is the worst job you have ever had?   1 Answer
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3M Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes' Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2018
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2013
  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2014
  • Bluefin Elastic Innovation Index, Bluefin Solutions, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2014
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Registered Apprenticeships

Offers federal/state recognized on-the-job training program(s)

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