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Updated October 15, 2018
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  • "Work-life balance is challenging at times" (in 42 reviews)

  • "It is difficult to obtain full-time employment after an internship with them" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say abt this company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was a great company to start out at."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rockland, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rockland, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited room for growth if you’re willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Hard to navigate through their corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget about your satellite locations. Not everyone is in MN.


  4. "Corporate Development"

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

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Diverse businesses allow the potential for a lot of different experiences. A lot of great, very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Pretty risk averse management team. Some "passive aggressive, Minnesota nice" behavior from people and some "flavor of the month" assignments that don't necessarily add value. Fairly typical stuff for a large corporate organization.

    3M Response

    Oct 12, 2018 – Employment Brand Team

    Thank you so much for your review! We really appreciate you taking the time share your feedback.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tech Aide"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M part-time

    Pros

    No micro-management, so it's great if you're self motivated.

    Cons

    Processes can get boring, even if you're doing different types of testing, the work can be repetitive.
    Environment- dark, can be noisy, smells/chemicals, etc.


  6. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and company culture. Good for students who are no experienced.

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Incredible Benefits, but...."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been with 3M for 21 years, at times it's hard to believe it's been that long.
    The Benefits, especially Medical, have been awesome.

    Cons

    I worked in a warehouse, in the beginning we were encouraged to want to advance. But as management changed, they made lead positions fixed and unless they left that position, there was never a chance to do more. They also didn't want ideas from the workers that did the same job everyday, they preferred to hire new engineers to do that. It was emphasized that a warehouse worker's thoughts were useless.
    The biggest Con, beware of being put on LTD. The facility i worked at, I could have worked in the office instead of permanent disability, but management for that facility preferred a separation of Office & Warehouse. While it's great still getting medical benefits, the 60% pay of when you were put on LTD is rough. And there is no adjustment or pay increase if you are out for years. You will be quickly forgotten. As the Doctors have told me, it's the way of big business; they'd rather stick you in the system and forget than help you be beneficial to them.
    I truly love the company, the products are the absolute Best, but being forgotten on LTD is a road that leads to depression and self doubt.

    Advice to Management

    People are your Biggest asset, just because they don't have a degree, doesn't mean they are all dumb. Was the Post-It Note purposely invented? Nope. I'm not saying all people can do something like that, but you'd be surprised how many have ideas that are told no thank you.
    And LTD, stop being like Big Business, care enough about your employees to Not Forget about these. These people are at home doing less than they want due to medical issues, but they can still exist on a computer, maybe they could still be a resource to help this company that they love.
    Stop saying we care and actually CARE!

  8. "Intern ChemE"

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

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge adhesives and technologies being worked on

    Cons

    Bureaucratic because of the size


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, good lifestyle.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Takes forever to get things done.


  10. "Production"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Production in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty room to move up, benefits are beyond excellent and once you get out of QCD there is good money to be made

    Cons

    Not a people friendly place. Very stressful environment. Management is not trustworthy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your managers up to a higher bar. Your lead operators should not be gossiping about what is going on with employees about situations they are not privy to regarding other co-workers. Before you get after an employee for breaking a rule ask the employee their side, lead operators don't always tell the truth. I worked in 3 different areas and only 1 time did I know my manager and LO were above board.


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