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3M Austin Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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  • Work life balance can at times be lost at the manufacturing sites (in 26 reviews)

  • sometimes decision making process is too long (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "3M EMSD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Secrecy Inefficiency and chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Manager of Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Infrastructure including hiking trails, gyms etc

    Cons

    Poor ethnical values
    Poor management
    Inefficient management
    Political
    Everything else

    Advice to Management

    Easily some of the most unethical practices resides in this company. Managers are all just that...no leadership.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Test Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Solid company, good company to advance

    Cons

    The contractors do not get treated very well


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Account Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, team work place

    Cons

    Lay offs occur too often


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    great package with health benefits, vacation

    Cons

    Management makes poor decision most of the time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Difference-making work, struggling with inclusiveness"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great going to work knowing that you were part of real innovation and customer value - it really motivates you to push yourself and feel proud of your work.

    Cons

    The company supports employee groups and external organizations that strive to boost diversity in the employee base; however, once you are in the door, the informal networks and networking that make a difference are not there.

    Advice to Management

    Certainly be thoughtful and take risks - but once done - be decisive. Don't leave people hanging when most can see the writing on the wall.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but tough to advance in the Austin office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; being part of a diversified company means that when one area of the company struggles due to market fluctuations that the other businesses within the company help keep all boats afloat.

    Cons

    HQ is in St Paul and for most promotions or to move around into other opportunities within the company it means you need to be willing to relocate to Minnesota.

    Advice to Management

    Still old-school thinking in that the world revolves around St Paul.


  10. "Quality Assurance Test Engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at 3M are amazing. The culture there feels stable and honest. Integrity is everything with 3M.

    Cons

    Very slow moving for change.

    Advice to Management

    When its necessary, move a little faster to make improvements.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "SW Development/QA Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lead QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When they believe in something, they commit fully in money and resources.

    Cons

    Though I worked in a software development division, they didn't seem to understand how software groups worked. They acquired our independent company, but wanted us to work 8 to 5 and never on weekends (in development?). They would send a VP in to tell us how our Linux/Java systems were all going to be ported to Windows...and then couldn't understand why no one was cheering them on. They encouraged a bunch of us to move to Austin, but then they unceremoniously removed "management layers" or closed down areas of the division, leaving the transplanted employees to find new jobs. And yet they were confused when people started leaving in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Hey guys, you've got a bad case of echo-chamber-itis. You get your ideas from the brain trust on high. You repeat your bright ideas about how to be a success to yourselves over and over. And when you finally lay your ideas on the rest of us, and are met with multiple levels of criticism, you refuse to listen -- even "removing the management layer" of those who try to give you advice. Your failure is your own fault.


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