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Updated November 22, 2017
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 32 reviews)

  • Contract doesn't necessarily lead to full-time (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Good work environment.
    Good internal training regarding: legalities, human resource issues, policies, work environment issues, security and ethics.
    Good corporate communication regarding new product releases.
    Good logistical service for internal customers.
    Good at promoting team activities.

    Cons

    Poor at addressing service versus manufacturing departments.
    Poor interdepartmental communication regarding policies and procedures.
    Poor system for booking travel and generating expense reports.
    Poor at background and strategy sessions prior to engaging a new client.
    Poor opportunities in moving from one sector to another.

    Advice to Management

    A brainstorming session is needed to get away from the one size fits all approach to managing service groups like manufacturing groups.


  2. "It could have been different"

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    Former Employee - Production Operator in Cumberland, WI
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Cumberland, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefit Package...Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Stock, etc

    Cons

    Horrible management practices. Horrible HR Manager.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so ambiguous. You make up rules as you go and play favorites. You do not recognize individual efforts and you do not empower employees to strive for more.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent pay and benefits, but frustrating for young go-getters"

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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

    Good pay, good benefits including stock purchase, casual environment

    Cons

    Traditional mindsets result in frustrating experiences for young professionals looking to contribute fresh ideas

    Advice to Management

    Reward young professionals for their hard work and be open to new ideas


  4. "plant close"

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    Former Employee - Relief Oper in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Relief Oper in Elyria, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits , good pay

    Cons

    long hours, plant close, lose job


  5. "Management will drive you mad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great pay for the lack of work you do. There isn't a difficult job in the entire facility.

    Cons

    Management is a perfect example of the Peter Principle. Most of them have no idea what they're doing but if you give a suggestion, they punish you for it. Two weeks later, that suggestion you gave them becomes their big bright idea. They also cycle through plant managers every couple years due to it being a launching pad for a bigger, heftier paycheck. They find any way to show how well they can save the company money any way they can. The last one took a few jobs from $20 hr to $11.60. We are all just numbers to them.

    Advice to Management

    You need to learn you get more respect from an employee by actually leading. Get out of your office and learn your job. Don't just supervise. Lead.


  6. "software"

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    Former Employee - Spec Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Spec Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    big building
    good parking
    good products
    good brand

    Cons

    Austin site is down size


  7. "Machine operatir"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay easy work

    Cons

    Bad management need to stick to rule book

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the rule book

  8. "MS Enterprise Solution Provider"

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    Current Contractor - Managing Partner in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Managing Partner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great differential in work contracts

    Cons

    100 percent travel for work


  9. "Tech aide great for students short term, bad long term"

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    Current Employee - Technical Aide
    Current Employee - Technical Aide

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

    Pros

    Exposure to industry, learned a lot

    Cons

    No pay increases, limited opportunities to become full time


  10. "3M Acquistions look out!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Great benefits
    Fake safety culture

    Cons

    Known to purchase and shut down the small places to acquire their product lines


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