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3M Overview

Saint Paul, MN
10000+ employees
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)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#45)

Company Updates

  • Individual employees are going above and beyond to help during the pandemic. 

  • COVID-19

    Newly designed powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), developed by Ford in close collaboration with 3M, are on the way.

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3M – Why Work With 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 87 countries, our 96,000 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.

3M Reviews

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    Helpful (18)

    "Did aquisition of M*Modal better than expected - great employer."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Speech Technology in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Director Speech Technology in Pittsburgh, PA
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    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)


    Surprisingly agile for such a large company. Able to listen. Great team, both in Pittsburgh and at 3M HIS - also on the corporate level where I had interactions. Health plan got better through acquisition by 3M. The general feeling is that they really care about their employees and try to do the right thing.


    3M is a BIG company. There is, by necessity, more administrative overhead than for small companies. Acquisitions and mergers are always a bit rough, so it's hard to judge even 11 month in. But they managed to keep disruptions to a minimum while actually making progress on integration. Integration goes both ways, which is always nice to see.

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3M Photos

3M photo of: 3M is a giant melting pot of smart, motivated people.
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3M Interviews



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Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

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    Senior Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at 3M (Saint Paul, MN).


    I was able to have a 1-hour interview with some managers to get my foot in the door. Two weeks later I was given a 3-hour coding test. A month after that, I had the usual (in this group) candidate interview: a 1-hour presentation on my background, followed by a day of 30-minute discussions with people of various roles and titles. It was always conversational and pleasant. I got an offer one week later.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you define data science?   1 Answer
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3M Awards & Accolades

  • Best Workplaces™ for Giving Back, Great Place to Work®, 2019
  • 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
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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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