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Updated January 13, 2018
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • great colleagues; good work/life balance with core hours; good pay; great benefits; great networking connections (in 124 reviews)

  • competitive comp and friendly work environment (in 103 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forwarding thinking. Best in the business. Great benefits. Much to learn here.

    Cons

    Don't stay stagnant. Keep learning and moving up the ladder.


  2. "Great place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great ethics and work culture, good employment benefits.

    Cons

    Slow growth, bureaucratic, does not adapt to change very well.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt the new ways of management styles.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "32 YEAR"

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Tonawanda, NY
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Tonawanda, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked 32 years in one plant, so my employment was solid. I made over 90k a year in the last three years I worked for them, but you had to be willing to work overtime to make it. I was a union employee. My base pay was 60k my co-worker from the first shift made over 125k in the last three years so you could imagine how much o.t. he worked. we had mandatory o.t. in some parts of the plant, but most of it was volunteer.

    Cons

    In my 32 years about 7 of it was hell for me and most of us do to very unforgiving management. But after the plant did a plant wide survey, union and non union, 240 surveys were handed in and "ALL" surveys were VERY negative, 3M st Paul was shocked by the survey and the work got back to us that it was the worst survey they ever received. But! I give them credit 3M(st paul) within one year all five plant leadership team were gone, two fired three other moved to other plants. I also give credit to the worker's both union and nonunion for standing up to them, that is what got me in trouble,I was always a few years ahead in my opinion of management and they did not like it. So i paid for that when we had the bad managers. When I left 5 months ago the management was ok, no bad eggs. There are not many cons because when you get hired you know what your in for has far as over time and other things that bother some employee's. BUT THE ONE CON I CAN'T LEAVE OUT, IS THERE IS NO PENSION, THEY STOPPED IT TEN YEARS AGO. THEY DO HAVE 401K AND A LITTLE EXTRA MATCH ON SAVINGS FOR new hires. So if you could find a job with a pension and a 401k and same pay,go for it. 3M doesn't make any promises when it comes to money.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect, it is the only way you will be respected, Come down from the ivory tower and talk to your employee's, we like to know what is going on. Worker's like to know who their breaking their backs for! If you don't it will cost you.


  4. "Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative. Stable. Great benefits. Diverse portfolio.

    Cons

    Do more with less is getting a little old. VPs get their promotions and move on before the reality and consequences of cutting spend/ not replacing really hits.


  5. "Best job ever"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Training Coordinator in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Training Coordinator in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, boss allows me to do my job without micro-managing, communication improving all of the time.

    Cons

    Day starts very very early and not all of the same rules apply to everyone in different departments.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overall HIS is a GREAT place to be; but beware of AIP & ask for 3 weeks vacation to start"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance; WFH/remote option; generally extremely intelligent co-workers; excellent workplace atmosphere; wonderful health benefits; great vacation; reduced stock purchase plan is fantastic; 401k is 5%-income match.

    Cons

    Very very poor middle management; performance reviews are a joke (sadly) and there is a forced distribution such that everyone essentially gets a 3 (on a scale from 1 to 5); nearly impossible to get rid of people who are worthless (they end up quitting or stay forever).

    Advice to Management

    Titles mean very little; degrees mean essentially nothing; cut the fat and promote career development by having performance plans that mean something (right now they are arbitrary in a forced distribution and everyone gets a 2% increase, nothing is merit based). There are also many positions that just dead end and have no further career path. Middle managers (e.g., anyone with ``supervisor'', ``manager'', or ``director'' in his/her title) should be evaluated for ability; many are incompetent and this is completely inconsistent with those that they manage and that manage them; this layer of the company needs to be seriously reviewed. The sales team is positively miserable and some people that are in sales (e.g., Engagement Leads), are not even commission based but pull well into 6-figures with no ding to salary when they consistently fail to meet expectations. The sales unit is truly bringing down the entire division.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great flexibility

    Cons

    Expected to work long days

  8. "Good at Inovation and manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many divisions to move around in with opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some managers set unrealistic goals.

    Advice to Management

    Relax!


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good fame in industry, and many teams you can work with

    Cons

    Depends on which team you worked for

    Advice to Management

    Need to care more of your employee's development.


  10. "Good culture with many opportunities"

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    Current Employee - New Product Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - New Product Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees have high integrity; colleagues are smart and collaborative; some belief in 15% time to invest in innovation; some flexibility is trying out a new business or functional role

    Cons

    A lot on everyone's plates; culture dependent on business and division you are in


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