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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

  • "I have been on many business trips, but I would rate this experience as the 'best ever.'" Learn how Rohit and his 3M Impact teammates helped bring STEAM education to rural China.

    "Best Career Experience Ever": One 3Mer Shares His Experience Bringing Education to Rural China

    When asked why they love to work for 3M, many employees, aka 3Mers, say that they have the opportunity to make a difference in the world by impacting people's lives.

  • When employees participate in the 3M Impact program, their goal is to help an organization with a pressing issue, but many learn a lot about themselves along the way. Learn how participating in the program inspired a career change for Todd:

    3M's Global Service Program for Employees Inspires a Career Change for One 3Mer

    Todd Ambo was very comfortable in his role at 3M when he applied for 3M Impact, a service program that takes employees to locations all over the world to work with a local organization and 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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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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