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Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Work life balance can at times be lost at the manufacturing sites (in 26 reviews)

  • sometimes decision making process is too long (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Production Contract Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flemington, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flemington, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Steady full-time work with plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Lack of respect for workers, most of whom were immigrants, from upper/mid level management

    Advice to Management

    A little respect goes a long way. Don't treat your factory workers like children. They are the ones completing 12 hour shifts to get your products out on time with high quality standards.


  2. "Bus. Dev. Mgr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Strong international company, great people and good benefits

    Cons

    Large old company. slow to make decisions and slow to respond to customers

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on the core and stop managing to the quarterly report


  3. "Machine operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    stable work
    lots of overtime
    air conditioned plant

    Cons

    long hours
    boring work
    no way to move up
    horrible supervisors

    Advice to Management

    promote more from within


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dont work as a contractor for this company!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor/Line Assistant in Knoxville, IA
    Former Contractor - Contractor/Line Assistant in Knoxville, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    opportunities to work a lot of overtime....which you will have to just too survive on the contracted wage...

    Cons

    Do not treat contracted people equally as full time employees although expectations are the same.....terrible culture of " they are better than you"......get no credit for job performance and attendance and get overlooked when hiring comes if you dont know anyone or arent related to anyone who works there already......


  6. "3M"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people working there

    Cons

    Management does not listen to anyone

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your team and support them.


  7. "Management Position/Corporate"

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    Current Intern - Legal in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Intern - Legal in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M as an intern (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for international exposure and technical planning. Challenging projects, which can provide learning opportunities. Multi-departmental exposure for higher level positions. Current CEO are long term 3Mers

    Cons

    Culture shift, including significant reliance on outside resourses at corporate. Has reduced opportunities for growth and advancement. Culture and short term focus also now lead to advancement of individuals taking action based on individual professional goals rather than the cooperation and leadership that promotes true health of the organization. The degree of management comprised of such individuals, their continued promotion, has led to loss of high performers, long term 3Mers, and most importantly, increased cost and risk for the company. Trend toward utilization of increased workdays resulting from burnout. Direct managers tend to do the work of their direct reports rather than delegate. Minimal communication by managers with direct reports. The blaming mentality of the 3M culture in addition to continual layoff has created a fear based environment. Would not suggest taking a position at 3M.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee retention, reward individuals and departments for transparency and genuine teamwork,. Take action to maintain and grow health of the organization.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Complacent Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - T3 Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - T3 Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible work schedule, great fitness center and staff! Ok work environment. People want to do the right thing but don't know how.

    Cons

    Management is not open to change. Medical group is run by people that have little to no experience with medical device industry. Procedures are poor and management is unwilling to change. This company is well below industry practices when it comes to maintaining compliance. They do as little possible and documentation trail is really poor.

    Management culture takes recognition from people rather than recognizing direct reports. No empowerment to work harder. Just keep doing the same thing over and over. They definitely enable each other's poor performance and do not recognize individual performers. Employees give typical excuses of that's the way it's always been done so the culture is resistant to changes or improvements.

    Systems are old and archaic and difficult to navigate. Training is poor and insufficient.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Do 360 reviews of managers to assure their performance is fairly evaluated. Empower employees to be leaders and don't take away from individuals performance just to hear yourself talk in front of others.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Production Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Quapaw, OK
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Quapaw, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3M plants are usually the best paying jobs in their area, which is how they keep employees in spite of all the abuse.

    Cons

    Prior to 3M ownership, our plant had straight shifts, sick time, bonuses for perfect attendance, and very little mandatory overtime. Now we work rotating 12 hour shifts that make family life difficult, employees are forced to use vacation time when sick (3M will deny this but the system is so rigged that it is vitually impossible to call in sick without accruing disciplinary points - your doctor has to fill out a mountain of paperwork verifying that you could not perform your job duties and if submitted in time, is hardly ever approved), time in and time out has no flexibility making communication difficult and staff was cut, overtime is not only built into the schedule but demanded regularly as well as working holidays, and you must also burn up vacation to take off on a holiday. 3M claims to have a week of "Other Paid Absences" which looks good in theory but again employees are given disciplinary points so it's a dangling carrot. Nearly weekly reminders that you must make another sacrifice for "The Big 3M". Opportunity for promotions is laid out in theory, but impossible to achieve - the "certification tests" for promotion do not exist. In summary, 3M is a good place to make money but throw away your life, family, and self-dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Respect for and a meaningful shift differential for those working twelves and overnight shifts. Stop forcing employees to use vacation time for sick days or holidays. Stop tellling employees that they are lucky to have more days off by working twelves (we give up more actual hours of our life). Stop pretending you're the greatest place to work because you pay well. Tell Sedgwick to simplify the paperwork doctors must fill out to verify you are sick, and then actually approve it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Supply chai. Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    Unorganized system with outdated information you have to work around, not very motivating environment

    Advice to Management

    Update the systems and the culture, yearly review of managers


  11. "Large company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - Assembler in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Contractor - Assembler in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some benefits when you become an employee.

    Cons

    mandatory overtime 6 days a week, Slow to hire, they only give you educational assistance if they figure you for staying for a long time. They have a boss leadership team barking orders from the top down. They have you stand all day and hide the stools so they don't have to buy more. The office staff and line staff could help with back order but don't. Inorder to even be a contract worker you sign an all ideas are 3m's while you worjk there.

    Advice to Management

    leadership focus and be creative in finding effective solutions to hitting better numbers like making the other shifts hit a goal or go.


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