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Updated August 13, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance is challenging at times" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Upper management occasionally pushes policies that don't seem practical to people at my level" (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are great

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at 3M


  2. "Working at 3M Health Information Systems"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    3M is as transparent, honest and up front a company as I have ever worked for in the 35 years I have been in the workforce. They pay a fair and reasonable salary for what you do and I am always amazed at how long people have stayed with the company. For such a large and global company as they are, 3M does their best to keep their employees happy and productive. I think they get it, that, it's easier and more efficient to try and keep an employee than it is to try and find new ones.

    Cons

    It's a big company and that's not always the vibe some folks want to experience.

    Advice to Management

    Consider trying another approach to software development than the scrum process. While it may produce some good results, the constant change it produces creates anxiety and upheaval for many. I have heard it more than once that fellow employees miss the work stability and relationships they had prior to when scrum teams came along.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to start young, forget it of you're over 35."

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Leader in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Leader in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A strong and stable company, accountable for their ethics.

    Cons

    Tenure means everything. If you're not a millennial or haven't already worked here for 20 years, forget about advancement. Outside experience means nothing. Tenure and nepotism are chosen over skill. Very conservative.

    Advice to Management

    3M isn't a big fish in a small pond anymore. If they want to compete for modern talent, there need to be realistic advancement opportunities and wages aligned with the market. Hire at 20 and staying through retirement (Hire to Retire) is not viable.


  4. "3M is a strong company"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Menomonie, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Menomonie, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very stable while also providing a wide diversity of technologies and opportunities

    Cons

    Very structured with several layers of bureaucracy at times.


  5. "Great place to work."

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

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    There is unlimited opportunity at 3M.

    Cons

    You can get lost in its size.


  6. "Great Company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New Ulm, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in New Ulm, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, never a dull moment
    Great people who work together well and collaborate
    Good pay, especially for the area
    Stable company, most people spend their entire career with 3M

    Cons

    Most locations are in smaller towns, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. "Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in many different areas within various divisions of the company to grow your career.. Strong performance equals more opportunities to grow breadth and upward mobility. New offices at headquarters are very state of the art. Company store is amazing. Cutting edge technology with megabrands known globally.

    Cons

    More conservative when it comes to working remotely which impacts work/life balance - basically working from home is frowned upon by management. Does not offer "summer hours" for Friday afternoons during the summer (e.g. work extra hours during the week and get Friday afternoons off)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster collaboration and learning different roles within the company. Create a work from home policy and a policy for summer hours like the rest of the best places to work.

  8. "Quality"

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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

    It's a stable, conservative, ethical company so you can feel good about where you work and have above average confidence that finical issues won't force sudden layoffs.

    Cons

    There is no shortage of giant corporate conglomerate bureaucracy. It's tough not to feel like a cog in the machine rather than a person from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to see entrepreneurial thinking be rewarded more often. Focus on defining everyone's individual piece of the puzzle, and more on helping everyone see the big picture.


  9. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Broad exposure to businesses across company.

    Cons

    Support function often with the ability to say "no" to projects but not the ability to drive change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "People work at 3M FOREVER"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great people, most salaried people work a 40 hr week (not a crazy 50-60 hr week), it's interesting - 3M makes a huge variety of things in different industries, most people work at 3M for their entire career (30, 40 or even 50 years), it's easy to move amongst job functions and divisions to find the right career for you, the benefits are great.

    Cons

    As so many people work at 3M for their entire career, coming in mid-career from the outside is difficult - your previous experience is discounted.
    The salary is average.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of effort is being put into recruiting talented mid-career people to fill 3M's bi-modal worker curve - make sure to nurture and retain them. Also, try to focus on hiring more quirky worker bees at entry level - the majority of new hires are very polished and are going to do great things - but aren't interested in doing work (maybe because there isn't incentive?)


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