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Updated March 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance can at times be lost at the manufacturing sites (in 25 reviews)

  • Large corporation which comes with sometimes inflexibility in decision making/execution (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Inside Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock Discount, Health Plan, 401K, Internal Opportunity

    Cons

    Yearly Review System needs attention

    Advice to Management

    Less is not more, need more layers of managers to get things done.


  2. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity at every level

    Cons

    Compromise on work- life balance


  3. "Great Company to work for in college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and everyone seems to have a clear focus

    Cons

    It is a very large company and can be overwhelming


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  5. "sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    competitive comp and friendly work environment

    Cons

    long hours difficult work life balance


  6. "3M Sales Position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, innovative products to sell

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay for sales representatives, unrealistic quotas and sales commission structures keep changing for the worse.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Happy now, maybe not in 10 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M full-time

    Pros

    People, opportunities, incredible variety of type of work that can be pursued, literally switch fields/careers if you want

    Cons

    Milking historical product families for near-term shareholder growth vs. actually innovating, investing in what outside folks see (the business buildings and new science center) and leaving labs/office areas look like trash, insanely slow hierarchy (CEO has to approve spending over a few million), bad managers who know the right people stick around


  8. "3M - good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3M is a great place to work with good people and a strong foundation in R&D.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move around within the company depending on what division you start in, or in my case if you work remotely.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "3M is awesome if you not a contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Center Generalist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Data Center Generalist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great company culture
    -Great campus
    -Great management in IT at least
    -On the cutting edge of IT security

    Cons

    -Contractors are treated like second class citizens
    -3M employees don't like contractors
    -As a contractor I cannot buy from the employee store
    -Lots of red tape to get things done in IT
    -Extremely hard to get hired on as a 3M employee in IT at least

    Advice to Management

    Less contract positions and more fully time spots


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great for chemists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, lots of resources. Good salary, benefits. Lots of smart engineers.

    Cons

    Management is generally terrible. Your boss will most likely be a complete idiot. If you do software or electronics, don't work here. They haven't figured out how that fits into their businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Your low level/mid level management is full of idiots that you won't fire even though you know them to be incompetent.


  11. "Marketing Global Portfolio Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Strong company with great diversity, great leadership, hire from within, support learning, continued education paid for if applicable to position, lots of opporutnities to grow and change your work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can get in the way sometimes due to too much matrix management causing confusion on direction. Black belt+ requirement for management can sometimes cause poor fits in jobs requiring strong people skills and relationship building versus process.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the innovation track that George reinvigorated and Inge is accelerating. Don't forget about supporting the businesses that are not high growth but contribute good bottom line results. They need new unique market changing products also.



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