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3M Overview
Saint Paul, MN
10000+ employees
Company - Public (MMM)
$10+ billion (USD) per year
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, our innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less ... Read more

3M – Why Work For Us?

​​​​About 3M​​

Welcome to a world where your inspired ideas fuel endless progress. At 3M, you’ll help us develop the products that change the way people live and work. And you’ll realize boundless opportunities for your own professional success. As a powerhouse of innovation, our industry leadership is extensive—everything from homes and health care to electronics and transportation. Whatever the challenge, our people collaborate across disciplines and around the world to take it on. Find out more about what makes 3M a uniquely rewarding place to learn, grow and contribute. Join us at 3M, and be part of what’s next.

As 3Mers, we combine imaginative thinking with science-based technology to create continually evolving solutions. With nearly 40 business units organized into five market segments, we tackle real-world problems with an array of inventive approaches, satisfying customers in diverse fields like health care, safety, office products, and transportation. You’re probably already familiar with some of what we do. Now put your expertise and passion into our world-changing brands. Learn more about the areas that will fuel your inspiration.

3M At A Glance

  • Worldwide sales: $30 billion
  • Operations in more than 70 countries
  • 89,000 employees worldwide
  • 40 international companies with manufacturing operations, 35 with laboratories
  • Operations in 28 states in the United States
  • 7,900 researchers (3,800 in the United States)


Of all the pathways to growth, investing in our people is most important.

The premise is simple - if your people grow, your company will grow. The key: Linking growth in individuals to those things that unlock energy and activities that our customers value.

Clearly, 3M's first chairman of the board, William L. McKnight, was a unique leader and 3M has had outstanding leaders at all levels of the company ever since.

Leadership development remains at the top of the company's agenda.

Through much of what we do, our leadership talent and strength is visible. And we believe that our best leaders are already among us here at 3M. So it is critical that we nurture that talent pipeline through meaningful, rewarding teaching and development expriences. Our current CEO Inge Thulin himself can attest to this and is a reflection (and vocal supporter) of this successful practice.

Curious to learn more?  We even share about it in a chapter of a new book, "Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent".

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​​At 3M, innovation thrives on diversity—and drives the success of our company. Our future depends on the potential, talents, backgrounds and perspectives of all our employees. Our employees have diverse career opportunities, including the chance to work with 3Mers around the world.

The Diversity of Our People

We seek the best and brightest employees with a range of skills and experiences to grow our company. Our inclusive workforce mirrors the diversity of the global communities where 3M employees live and work. Our differences can, and do, make us a stronger company. 3M is a place where you can make a difference, be recognized for your achievements and be appreciated for your individuality.

Diverse Technologies

3M has created technologies for more than 50,000 innovative products. Our 40+ technology platforms include adhesives, abrasives, precision coatings, nonwovens, light management and fuel cells. Our diverse technologies give you the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, from nanotechnology and light management to film solutions and fuel cells.

Diverse Markets

3M serves a diversity of markets, including consumer and office; display and graphics; electro and communications; health care; industrial and transportation safety; and security and protection services.

Diverse Products

3M's nearly 50,000 products meet the needs of our customers every day. Our products include such market leaders as Nexcare™, Post-it®, Scotch®, Scotch-Brite®, and Scotchguard™.

Diverse Geographies

3M has companies in over 60 countries. We have plant locations, laboratories and sales office locations around the globe. We sell our products in nearly 200 countries. Working at 3M gives you the opportunity to work with diverse colleagues and customers from around the globe.


As a 3Mer, you’ll have opportunities to make a substantial impact, fueled by competitive pay, comprehensive quality benefits and recognition of your achievements.

​Your Pay

Your 3M pay recognizes​ the meaningful contributions you make to business results. Your pay may include two components: base salary and variable pay. While base pay applies to all employees, variable pay is offered to eligible employees.

Annual Incentive Plan
For eligible salaried employees, this links a portion of your pay to company metrics. Based on company performance and eligibility, payments are made to employees annually.

Long-term Incentive Plan
Based on your job level, you may be eligible to participate. Includes stock options, stock appreciation rights, and restricted stock units grants for management employees.

Sales Incentives
Each sales representative's pay includes incentives paid monthly or quarterly, depending on business performance and the business you represent.

​Your Benefits

Your benefits are an important part of your total compensation, and 3M provides comprehensive, quality benefits to you and your eligible dependents. You are eligible to participate in most of these benefits beginning on your first day of employment.

Medical & Dental
3M pays the majority of the cost for medical and prescription drug, vision and dental coverage. Most of our medical and dental plans provide preventive care coverage at 100 percent.

Health Care & Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
Our reimbursement accounts allow you to set aside before-tax dollars to pay for certain health care and/or dependent daycare expenses not paid for by 3M's benefit plans.

Disability Benefits
We provide company-paid short-term and long-term disability coverage in the event you become ill or are injured and unable to work.

Life Insurance
3M offers a variety of life and accidental insurance plans for you and your eligible dependents. Basic life insurance coverage is provided at no cost to you, with other optional life insurance coverage offered at group rates.

Domestic Partner Benefits
We offer same sex domestic partner benefits to employees who meet the requirements of having a domestic partner. Eligible domestic partners and their eligible child(ren) can receive medical and dental benefits, as well as optional life insurance coverage, subject to plan terms and requirements. We also offer retiree medical for qualified domestic partners.

Paid Time Off
3M offers paid time off that includes vacation, holidays, and other time off to help you balance your work and personal life.

Savings and Retirement Benefits
Our combination of savings, retirement benefits, and financial education resources help you plan for and manage your financial well-being at all stages of your life—both during and beyond your 3M career.

Personal Savings
After two months of service at 3M, our General Employees Stock Purchase Plan allows you to contribute 3-10 percent of your after-tax pay to purchase 3M stock at an option price that is 85 percent of the fair market value of the stock.

Our Retirement Program provides a solid foundation of retirement benefits, which includes a 401(k) plan with a company matching contribution, employer contributions to a Retirement Income Account, and a Retiree Medical Savings Account (RMSA) to help offset the cost of pre-Medicare medical coverage in retirement.

Additional Programs and Resources

For your health

  • On-site fitness centers/fitness center discounts
  • Weight management program reimbursement
  • Online health classes
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tobacco cessation offerings and resources
  • Stress management coaching, shift work resources, travel medicine opportunities
  • On-site pharmacy and medical center
  • Voluntary long-term care coverage

For your personal and family life

  • Child and adult (elder) care consultation and referral
  • Financial and legal consultation and referral services
  • Parenting resources, scholarship programs, and personal growth resources
  • Adoption assistance
  • Scholarships for eligible dependents of employees
  • Group auto and home insurance
  • 3M Club, a venue to share hobbies and interests, as well as discounted tickets
  • Support for community involvement: Matching Gifts, Volunteer Match, 3M Community Giving
  • Flexible Work Arrangements to balance your work and personal life, such as part-time or alternative work schedules

For your development

  • Leadership development programs
  • Knowledge-sharing forums and communities
  • Function-based formal education and training activities
  • Web-based courses
  • Development planning tools
  • Tuition reimbursement​

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    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
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    I have been working at 3M part-time (More than a year)


    complete freedom to choose my own schedule
    emphasis that school comes before work


    I'm a little bit bored

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3M Interviews

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    Quality Control Lab Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Northridge, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at 3M (Northridge, CA) in March 2017.


    Applied online in early March, got a phone call manager a week later. She asked if I can come in for an in-person interview. She also asked if I have experience using lab equipment like GC/HPLC. I got scheduled 2 weeks from then. I got interviewed by 4 people. 2 the first 30 minutes then another 2 switched the following 30 minutes (they were interviewing someone before me and after me). Got asked a lot of questions ranging from "tell me a time you had to...", "what comes first, acid or water", "describe in detail a procedure you had to do", and "do you prefer biology or chemistry?". They asked the last question because I had a bio degree and its for a chemist job. I think that's why I didn't get it because I told them I equally liked it. They said my answers were good for the other questions. Even though I didn't get the job, it was a great learning experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the difference between normal and reversed phase hplc? They just wanted to know if I actually had basic science background.   Answer Question
    • Tell me a time where you disagreed with a coworker and how did you handle it?   Answer Question
    • Give a detailed description of a procedure you had to do. They want to know if you're detailed oriented.   Answer Question
    • What are you looking for from this job?   Answer Question
    • Where do you see yourself in a few years?   Answer Question
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3M Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • 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
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2013
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