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3M Austin Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 32 reviews)

  • Contract doesn't necessarily lead to full-time (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Austin Texas"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, excellent benefits, great place to work as a parent, pay is more often than not above market rate, equal pay for women, amazing co-workers, lots of room to grow... if you don't mind moving around a lot.

    Cons

    You have to move from plant to plant, overseas or eventually to St. Paul to get pretty high up with in 3M


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company empowers and rewards their employees for creativity. Strong leadership and a winning culture. Work / life balance is great as long as your goal is not to become a manager.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and company politics - as with any large corporation

  3. "software"

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    Former Employee - Spec Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Spec Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    big building
    good parking
    good products
    good brand

    Cons

    Austin site is down size


  4. "Technical Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Technical Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    3M provides training and development opportunities

    Cons

    Too big of a company

    Advice to Management

    Get the work done


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    "Software Engg"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work life balance, flexible work hours, very friendly staff. good vacation policy.

    Cons

    Management do not have any understanding of software background. Less vacation

    Advice to Management

    Need to research more on how software industries work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It's okay not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money is not bad

    Work life balance

    Has potential

    Cons

    Minimal drive of improving processes to enhance output. Uppers just want to save a few bucks and get that bonus. I truly feel sorry for the customers.

    Not payed for performance

    3m works off seniority. This makes a Perfect breeding ground for lazy people because they have seniority "safe". Can't Touch This!

    Advice to Management

    Grow a coin purse and fire people that suck. If any thing put people in the right spots.

    Investigate more. All aspects, don't just take one persons input and be done. Not all people are truthful.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company and Great People"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    3M is still a great company. You have to deliver and learn how to shine if you want to make it at 3M but I think that is the case with most careers.

    Cons

    MGMT makes quick decisions around resources reductions, especially contingent workforce. A lot of good people were let go, these quick decisions caused huge project delay.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to some of the key players on projects before just removing resources. Most good leaders or Project Managers will tell you how they would restructure their team based on company needs.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, nice workplace environment

    Cons

    Lost the family like feel when they became too concerned about Wall Street. You stopped letting people advance using their work history and became all about a piece of paper.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people....all of them that work their hind ends off for you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Secrecy Inefficiency and chaos"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, some opportunities, met great people

    Cons

    Highly unstable, relies on contractors but treats them in near sub human fashion, secrecy and information compartmentalization taken to an extreme where bad agents were abusing the system and not working. Chaos, disorganzation and astonishing waste of resources. No viable way to alert anyone about what was going on in Austin

    Advice to Management

    Create a mechanism where employees can alert you to wrong doings, safely. Stop some of the more greatly abused practices. Encourage more openess and actual work being done.


  10. "3M EMSD"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources, interesting projects, good people

    Cons

    Poor exposure to superiors resulting in limited future opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Internships should be more tailored to individual skills, ambitious and talented individuals should receive appropriately challenging tasks


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