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Updated February 23, 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 (4)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Cording Operator and cross trained in many departments"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cording Operator in Valley, NC
    Former Employee - Cording Operator in Valley, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers, wonderful safety training and excellent benefits and plenty of room for moving up the ladder, as long as you're willing to work overtime and not be late to workj!

    Cons

    1st shift would have been excellent, but takes many years to achieve day hours! 3rd shift ALWAYS met quota and most likely was able to WAY out do 1st, or 2nd shift! Some of the "white collar newbys from MN would come in without any knowledge of ME values and traditions and were sometimes JACKASSES! NOT ALL, BUT QUITE A FEW FOR SURE!😁

    Advice to Management

    Willingness to tho no outside the box with 3rd shift...look at their numbers as compared to 1st and 2nd shift. Just because 3rd shifters are a newer group to 3M doesn't mean they are of less value to this GREAT AND TRUSTED COMPANY! BEST JOB EVER!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Coater Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, decent atmosphere

    Cons

    Rotating shifts, mandatory overtime, pretty much just a pon to push buttons


  5. "A great experiance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3M is an outstanding company with a very strong innovative culture. I enjoyed my role there and really respected the people I worked with. They are well positioned for years to come. 3M prepared me for significant growth in my career and gave me a unique perspective of business development strategies.

    Cons

    Issues with divisional alignment due to divided P&L incentives.


  6. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Warehouse Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Industrial Customer Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. "Antiquated, but with broad global reach"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immense network of technology, global reach, and funds of a massive company

    Cons

    Organizational structure is not optimized to get things done quickly or empower lower level employees; PhD's are highly respected sometimes over others, change is slow


  10. "cant beat it."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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