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Updated May 25, 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. Helpful (5)

    "3M is on a down cycle, mid management is ducking heads or looking for heads to chop."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Watch young boot lickers kisss up to management as the true movers are trod upon.

    Cons

    Peformance is irrevelant. Politics rule.

    Advice to Management

    Look to your senior staff for advice not "kids on the block" who are eager to share their stupidity.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Slave to the Man"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a large company with lots of diversity of products. You have many options, if the company is doing well.

    Cons

    I'm not certain that they care about their employees and their relations with their employees. Rather than being straightforward with decisions or showing confidence with decisions, they wait until the last minute to make decisions. The true test of how great a company is to work for is how they treat their employees in downturns. 3M is not demonstrating to me that its a company I will want to stay with for my career.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and forthcoming with employees. Don't leak some information and then change your mind 5 million times. If we need a layoff, have a freaking layoff... don't make the company hellish for all employees. You won't lose the crappy employees, you'll lose the ones you don't really want to lose (those with not enough initiative to move on!)


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice before investing your future with a dinosaur. When things go south, management only looks out for itself..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent engineering. Nice brand management.

    Cons

    Engineers are running the company. It's like running the ship from the boiler room....

    Advice to Management

    Retire!!! Get out of the way!! You are stifling innovation!!!


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Do Your Homework"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location. Stable- depending on where you are in the corporation. Ample opportunity for lateral movement to try different things.

    Cons

    Below average compensation and benefits. There is NO work/life balance at 3M unless you've been there for a long time! If you do stand your ground and not let them stomp on you, you'd better be happy with where your at because you'll never get anywhere. The 3M philosophy is to suck you in, dump on you until they break your back and then spit you out. They don't care about retention of good talent which is very saddening. Best part is management knows this! My manager keeps telling me to put various things on my resume..

    Very Political! Lots of headstrong people with big egos and personal agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Wake Up! Promote trained and qualified people from within. Treat employees like humans and you might be surprised with the outcome.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disheartening"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversification of the company and the industries it serves. The company has a tremendous technical platform and technical staff.

    Cons

    3M states that it supports career development. I think they would like to think that but they do not have the proper tools in place nor the execution of that phiilosphy. I believe a deeper commitment from HR to properly resource such a concept is necessary to truly walk the talk.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs better leadership development. There are pockets of good leadership but there is much that is lacking in areas as well. The culture is an oppressive culture for new people entering the organization. The statement "you need to be here 10 years before you are valued as a voice" is going to damage their ability to attract the younger work force that is needed for a company to sustain growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    big company with lots of products

    Cons

    no chance for promotion if you are a US employee

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customer


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very disappointed and helped me realize what I DON'T want to do"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Had chance to meet executives within the company
    - Employee discount on 3M products
    - Tours of plants and facilities available

    Cons

    - Male dominated
    - Location of office
    - Pigeon-holed
    - People are homogenous
    - Age and generation gap are large
    - Very stuck in their traditional ways of thinking despite priding themselves in being innovative
    - Poor feedback

    Advice to Management

    Ask if your employees actually like what they are doing- listen to their voice.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Worse place in America to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They HAD good benefits
    Flex time
    work from home

    Cons

    Environment
    ol' "Boys club" mentality
    Archaic processes
    They promote incompetence
    employees are not valued
    Management threatens employees

    Advice to Management

    Change the whole structure! Put YOUNG aggressive, innovative people into management with a proven track record!!! People are your Assets!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to start with"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Worker Engineering in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Service Worker Engineering in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays a decent salary and you can get some real engineering experience while looking elsewhere for a real engineering job. Tons of equipment to use on the Maplewood campus.

    Cons

    No benefits included at the job. Would have been nice to have some health-care or retirement package to keep employees interested in the company. Many old timers are expected to retire early due to the economy.

    Advice to Management

    I know it is tough in this economy, but you should focus on growth. Look into new products that don't show lots of competition.


  11. "boring work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Valley, NE
    Current Employee - Production in Valley, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    clean environment to work in.

    Cons

    worked like a mule and underpaid for sure


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