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Updated April 27, 2017
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3M Chairman President & CEO Inge G. Thulin
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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. "Fun place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Methuen, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment. Not too many deadlines.

    Cons

    Low pay in comparison to others.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to employees about company vision and direction.


  2. "3M, a PROUD company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good benefits and opportunities are available at 3M. Bosses are usually hands off (perhaps because they are so entangled in meetings). It is a great company to work for, as there are a ton of extracurricular activities outside of work hours. The company has a good pay/job grade system that allows fair transition from one job grade to the other, and fair annual rate increases, based on job grade, EC&DP evaluation and goal accomplishments. It is also a great opportunity for employees to be able to be part of a profit-sharing benefits package. However, most of all, the best reason to work at 3M is the ability to buy Post-It notes at cost, besides all the tapes and other products 3M makes.

    Cons

    3M, which comes from M M M, stands for "Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings". Hence 3 M's. Every day passes with at least a meeting or three - pun intended! There are so many policies to work around, that it becomes sometimes impossible to accomplish a job in a given time frame, or worse, a project that may have required 1 month, takes 6 months to a year to complete. This slows down the momentum. The fact is that this is how ALL 3M businesses operate; it is not only a certain group, but from Operations, to R&D, to Engineering... One other downside, if you don't like to work for a "big company", then 3M is a BIG COMPANY spread around the world.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management need not any advice from the likes of us. They live to better the company every day. However, they should pay attention to what goes on in the details of everyones everyday job to make sure that policies they put in place are in the works.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just a little 3M"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An open and fairly casual attitude about delivering sales results is the best reason for working at 3M. We are prodivded the tools and traning necessary to do our jobs and do them well. We have support from immediate and upper management when any issues arise and very quick response to correct them.

    Cons

    We are a big company that moves very slow to make changes if they can be made at all. If one is not identified as a top producer or effective leader it may be impossible to move towards the position you want.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "innovative company with opportunity for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    3M has a culture that allows innovation without punishment for failure. Lean six sigma is one of the main reasons for 3M's success in keeping costs down and hiring outstanding people. Communication from the middle management down is good so I assume communication down the chain of command to all levels is the same. Compensation and benefits are in line with the industry standard although there have been some changes. We'll have to see what the industry does. Morale is high considering the economy and the tough decision from St. Paul. Management shows a great deal of respect to the employees.

    Cons

    The culture of "that is the way we have always done it" is alive and well within all ranks. This is starting to change in the production area but is slow to be adopted in other areas. One of the downsides is some of the plants are in small towns. This is not always a downside but if you want a good meal you may have to drive for it as well as going shopping. This also limits the potential employee pool and makes it difficult to get an outstanding engineer or manager into your plant due to the location.

    Advice to Management

    remove the silos between plants/divisions


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Bedford Park, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family friendly, excellent pay, great benefits, flexible schedule of hours, good communication, good working conditions, management was very personable. A good place to work.

    Cons

    Old warehouse, needed alot of updating, could only advance so far at this location due to everyone staying until they retired!

    Advice to Management

    Always be open with your employees regarding the state of the company. It's good to know what's going on at the top.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for future growth and career development. Respect given by management, and ability to work to your potential. Team work and great leadership.

    Cons

    3M is a very large company and can sometimes make it harder to be noticed and recognized for your efforts by upper level management. However, strong effort is made to recognize those who contribute greatly.

    Advice to Management

    For the hiring process sometimes degree titles should be overlooked in cases where a degree doesn't specifically say the word "engineer". The lack of that term doesn't mean that a candidate is not qualified to be an engineer with a scientific degree with engineering background and experience. I believe too much stock is placed on the degree title and school it came from. Very strong candidates can come from small schools with great degree programs.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding place to work, Family Friendly,"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours are accepted for most non-production positions. I am trusted to do my work and 'put in the hours" (45+) on average. No body is looking over your shoulder to make sure and this leads to an environment where people feel appreciated and willing to go the extra mile when needed.

    People of all types work here and I have not seen nor heard of any of the types of racial/other discrimination that a few other reviewers talked about. My guess is that if they are not advancing, they either have a poisonous attitude or are not performing as well as they think they are.

    One of my favorite parts of working in the technical community here is the copious amounts of learning opportunities, whether it be a Tech Forum class, a cold call to any researcher no matter how senior, or general networking. For one who likes to learn and build/contribute on others' knowledge, there is no better place to work than 3M that I know of.

    Cons

    If you think that just showing up is 80% of the work, this is not the place for you. Some people may slide by, but don't know how they live with themselves.

    Bureaucratic red tape is a fact of life in a large entity like 3M. Not fun, but one learns to work effectively within that framework.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget the value of patient money, ever! (R&D spend)

    Don't allow good contractors waiting for an "in", sit around too long. Once you have seen their value, hire them! To ignore this is to risk our intellectual property, both present and future.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management does a good job of promoting career advancement and gives employees opportunties to develop their careers through new training and experiences.

    Cons

    Large company so you can sometimes feel disconnected from company or division improvements and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the leadership team should promote more trust within the organization and limit micromanaging of routine issues.


  10. "job"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    great work environment and love the place

    Cons

    could pay more but am very satified

    Advice to Management

    Great company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Medina, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Medina, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Family oriented. Willing to help you grow and have open resources. Hours were flexible and management treated you like a person and not a number.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from Corporate. Flow was slow.


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