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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. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    For the most part the researchers and engineers are collaborative and hard working. Not a full open-door policy, but is acceptable. I love it here and would highly recommend it.

    Cons

    Because it is so large, it can be difficult to reach out and explore new technologies without a helping hand. I suggest meeting as many people as you can and making it clar that you are interested in working hard.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your subordinates, actually manage a project if it needs you to.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Legacy performance as a five star company in developing science based customer solutions has regressed to the mean."

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer T3 in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Research Engineer T3 in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    generally great benefits
    good 401k match
    15% employees 3M stock discount
    company sponsored HSA
    health care premium discount for health activities
    annual incentive program (AIP) 'bonus'
    annual individual goal setting and individual objectives does effectively guide&lead positive change; results in a substantial amount of freedom in how you get your day to day work done
    built in knowledge sharing and collaboration across company divisions
    do it yourself company culture
    company name recognition on resume

    Cons

    No sick time to care for family members
    Supervisors or not allowed to recommend employees for external positions
    HR is so concerned about paying their employees at the median salary for their job grade that they make you fight just to gain the median salary. If you do well you do get promoted but then you start at the next grade below the median for that level even if you have already proven to be meeting expectation at the level you are being promoted too.
    Due to recent changes in how contract labor is managed it has become difficult to get paid help. This makes it difficult to devote time to making anything better in your group since you have to do this kind of work on the side of your regular work. This means that the only real way to advance is to work 'overtime'.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be an above average company I believe HR should identify at least some above average people and compensate them accordingly. If you want to advance as a company you have to higher some people whose sole job is to make things better in their working group.

  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Innovation Culture.
    Broad experience. So many things to work on.
    15% time to work on what you like.
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Location in cold state MN


  4. "tranditional company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    not very stressful. good for chemistry and chemical background

    Cons

    mid to low pay. so so benefits.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Old-school expectations (be a company wo/man), 21st century work-life balance (24x7x365)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Successful company with pretty good pay

    Cons

    Ridiculous travel expectations--3 weeks in Asia, multiple times per year
    When not traveling to Asia, expected to be constantly connected--answer emails all night
    Vacation--isn't. Check in email every morning and evening, minimum. Take calls as needed.
    The old-school benefits are gone--no pension, no banking vacation

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance, new blood


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding place to work, Family Friendly,"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours are accepted for most non-production positions. I am trusted to do my work and 'put in the hours" (45+) on average. No body is looking over your shoulder to make sure and this leads to an environment where people feel appreciated and willing to go the extra mile when needed.

    People of all types work here and I have not seen nor heard of any of the types of racial/other discrimination that a few other reviewers talked about. My guess is that if they are not advancing, they either have a poisonous attitude or are not performing as well as they think they are.

    One of my favorite parts of working in the technical community here is the copious amounts of learning opportunities, whether it be a Tech Forum class, a cold call to any researcher no matter how senior, or general networking. For one who likes to learn and build/contribute on others' knowledge, there is no better place to work than 3M that I know of.

    Cons

    If you think that just showing up is 80% of the work, this is not the place for you. Some people may slide by, but don't know how they live with themselves.

    Bureaucratic red tape is a fact of life in a large entity like 3M. Not fun, but one learns to work effectively within that framework.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget the value of patient money, ever! (R&D spend)

    Don't allow good contractors waiting for an "in", sit around too long. Once you have seen their value, hire them! To ignore this is to risk our intellectual property, both present and future.


  7. "Research and Development"

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    Former Contractor - Research and Development Engineer in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
    Former Contractor - Research and Development Engineer in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    Wish there could be more international job rotation

    Advice to Management

    Promote international job rotation

  8. Helpful (2)

    "I worked as an intern in 3M in 2013"

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    Former Intern - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    friendly colleagues, good work life balance

    Cons

    you must follow the boss's idea, even though you think it is impossible, especially for the research department.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the your subordinate, do not rely everything on theory