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Updated February 16, 2018
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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Pros
  • Very flexible and company promote work life balance (in 127 reviews)

  • competitive comp and friendly work environment (in 105 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging at times (in 39 reviews)

  • Contract doesn't necessarily lead to full-time (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent and supportive atmosphere. Upper tier of pay and super great benefits. Excellent work-life balance. Huge discounts on health care insurance for healthy living. New computers every 3 years. Opportunity to promote.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "analyst"

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

    Pros

    good company to work. work and life balance

    Cons

    BIG company, Cold weather, ok

  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Fall and Spring Tech Forum events are amazing!

    Cons

    15% time for side projects remains at 3M but access to small-scale spending still at the discretion of middle-management. This can delay or block some experiments.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to reduce the barriers that your engineers face when pursuing their 15% time experiments. Aim for an increase in the autonomy provided to your creative and inventive people.


  4. "Warehouse Operator"

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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

    Great company. They care about their employees.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  5. "Industrial Customer Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of the job was the employees and customers I worked with.

    Cons

    Management direction, do not listen to their employees


  6. "cant beat it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Forest City, IA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Forest City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at plenty of factories, although currently 3M I work at is a warehouse. we have excellent benefits, vacation, 401K W/match and they contribute to our health plan premiums with a minimum of hoops to jump through AKA health activities to encourage us into healthy habits.

    Cons

    you pay the toll of great benefits by being on what ever shift you are needed when hired, usually 2nd or 3rd. until your seniority trumps other employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Key Account Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great autonomy! Excellent place to learn commerce.

    Cons

    Difficult client but you work through this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but too focused on younger employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great pay structure, vacation time earned by years of service.

    Flexible work hours, great benefits: employee discount programs, 401K, medical insurance, dental, vision. etc.

    Cons

    Work at home is offered, but people that use it are treated negatively. Unfortunately, "butts in seats" is current preference for management. Take a lesson from companies that have employees that really work remotely (IBM, Apple, etc.).

    Very limited opportunities in Austin for advancement.

    Too many layoffs in Austin has created extremely bad morale and constantly scared employees. Fear does not create an innovative workplace...

    Focus of management is retaining younger employees and lay offs of older seasoned workers is commonplace.

    Performance review structure is archaeic and can be extremely biased.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your seasoned, older workforce and make them feel valued. They have a lot of knowledge and history that they can pass down to the younger workers. The older employees can learn from the younger employees, as well. Win-win.

    Rework your performance review structure so that managers that don't work directly with the employee are not able to negatively influence the rating and the employee's career track.


  9. "Client Relations"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and 401K retirement packages, average salaries, and nice hours. Available for travel across the globe. Notable company and reputation.

    Cons

    Semi high turnover for a solid growing company. Closure of departments, and layoffs make it hard for employees seeking longevity.

    Advice to Management

    Upper personal should evaluate individual employee growth rates and budget accordingly, basing this on stats and/or time spent with the company. Make options available for transitioning within the company rather than cuts.


  10. "3M"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great products, great brand recognition.

    Cons

    Management is micro management.


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