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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

  • We sat down with Jayshree Seth, 3M's Chief Science Advocate, about her career at 3M, including where she's been able to travel and how 3M's culture of innovation has contributed to her obtaining over 60 patents.

    How ERRORS Have Propelled the Innovative Career of 3M's Chief Science Advocate

    In looking back, it is quite amazing! I went from working on diamonds in graduate school to diapers in my first 3M job in personal care, to cosmetics and skincare, to a strategic Intellectual Property special project, to Lean Six Sigma.

  • Learn how two 3M employees made a difference in Bangalore, India through 3M's Impact program. Thanks to Yanique and Grant for sharing their experiences!

    How One Work Experience Greatly Impacted Two 3M Employees Personally and Professionally

    When asked why they love to work for 3M, many employees say that they enjoy making a difference in the world. To draw on this passion, 3M offers a program called 3M Impact, where employees travel to communities around the world to spend two immersive weeks collaborating with a local organization to contribute to a solution for a pressing social or environmental issue.

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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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    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 5 years)

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    Benefits and compensation are great

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at 3M

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3M Photos

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.
3M photo of: Here, you go.
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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    Application

    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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