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Updated August 1, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 28 reviews)

  • sometimes decision making process is too long (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Quality Control Associate"

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

    Pros

    Nothing. It is all bad.

    Cons

    Parsimonious. Expensive health care.
    They have a program called PRIDE. When a worker did an exceptionally good job, his/her would hand out a PRIDE ticket which has a money value of $5 per ticket. The worker then use the PRIDE ticket to exchange for an 3M item(s) on 3M Employee Store. Or, he/she can use 2 of the PRIDE tickets ( worth $10) to exchange for 2 SMALL PIECES of pizza. If one prefers the first type of exchange (to get the 3M's item/items), good luck. He/she would lose the PRIDE tickets for goods because the HR takes the tickets and never ordered the item for that employee.
    3M lays off most jobs that are high paid. Whoever still left to work with them see their job duty triple as he/she has to do his/her job plus those jobs of those who were laid off.
    The worst thing about 3M is their health care is very expensive. Their employees see their out-of-pocket cost jumps through the roof every year.


  2. "Stodgy & Stuffy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people, good at the science stuff

    Cons

    3M purchased our dmv software company several years ago and smugly said, "3M knows how to handle acquisitions." Except for this one apparently. After running it into the ground, they sold off the remaining semi-viable pieces and ran for the hills. In their wake, they left several small business distributors and suppliers without any apologies. This is for the Austin site, but most still applies to 3M as a whole. They are conservative, as in, "1970s mindset is good enough for us, why change?". Honestly, the only forward-thinking they do is wondering if shareholders will get a dividend next quarter. HR and management have company interest first and ONLY. I was not given an exit interview, and when I asked I got no response. No one cared that numerous people left due to toxic environment. Some manager's rule by fear and seemingly enjoy it.

    Advice to Management

    I won't give any advice, because you won't listen anyway. After all, you are ALWAYS right, isn't that correct management?

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    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......


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very average company, good in some areas, horrible in others"

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

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

    Pros

    Above average pay and employee stock purchase

    Cons

    Superficial goals surrounding sustainability & Employee Development. This company is an old boys club across the board. Management, is old aged and clueless in my area. Performance on 2-3 full time equivalent projects are demanded with ridiculous timelines (1/10th time of industry). Some groups (mine) are still trying to hire one person to work one position for their whole life. Organization as a whole is cutthroat, if you're a real jerk to everyone and good at pawning off your work on others and taking the credit, backstabbing every now and again, you may get somewhere.

    I've personally been blocked internally by my manager from applying to new jobs (puts in the bad word during hiring process) just so that he can keep me in his department. Couldn't be more unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Look into your internal hiring process, what's to prevent others from being blocked and encountering the same situation I'm in?


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck In Time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Some ability to move around the company.

    Cons

    If you liked 1985, this is the place for you. No time has passed here. Non-stop meetings, little results and lots of circular conversation. It takes forever to get even the smallest things approved, and original thinking is best kept to your self. Layoffs galore last year. Fear based workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Top executives are never seen and have a special floor they rarely leave. All receive millions annually but at best "interact" with the little people, their own employees, through video messages or email announcements. Time to listen to the people before unless the world suddenly turns back the clock to 1985.


  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"

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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. "Big company with boring environment"

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

    Pros

    Big company, location is OK, free training for employees.

    Cons

    Didn't care much about contract employees, higher manager didn't prove free training the reasons were: you need to finish your work then go to the training. And gave you endless work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equal and create a better working environment for your employees!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Production Operator"

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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.


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