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3M Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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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. "Educational"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    learned a lot, very flexible with time

    Cons

    lower pay compared to other internships


  2. "software"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with lots of respect for the worker."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - T1 Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - T1 Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with lots of room for advancement and learning new things. International exposure and almost every manufacturing industry is under one roof.

    Cons

    Big company with lots of people elbowing for advancement. Easy to get lost in the shuffle. Good luck learning your bosses names - they will have moved on within 6 months. Get used to constant change.

    Advice to Management

    Long term goals are entirely different every year, from my perspective. How can anyone do good work when they have a new directive every 6 months?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Production"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Red Wing, MN
    Current Employee - Production in Red Wing, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you get into their stock purchase plan, good for you. 3M is into so many different areas their stock is like it's own mutual fund.

    Cons

    Way, way, way too much overtime. I've been with this company for 15 years, but since 3M bought us about 3 years ago, everything has gone downhill. We work so much OT that the quality of what we make is dreadful. How can it be otherwise when employees are walking around like zombies? We get out of bed, come to work, go home and back to bed and then repeat it all the next day. There is no time for anything else in life. The average employee means nothing to management and I guess the customers don't mean anything to them either if they're willing to lower the quality of our merchandise this much.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! This is no way to run a factory!


  5. "Operations Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and so many nice and challenging opportunity to grow your career.

    Cons

    Not enough salary compare to the location, Lack of mentoring ship and hands on training given to employee. Priorities changes a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Give clear instruction of what is needed and why it is needed.


  6. "CFO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, which makes it an outstanding place to work. This company also has room for advancement.

    Cons

    I can’t acknowledge anything negative at this present time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Channel Marketing Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work place environment, trying to continue each employees growth, strong benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and false promoises

    Advice to Management

    adaptability

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Going the wrong direction"

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Valley, NE
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Valley, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Complete disconnect between management and employees. Work/Life balance is nonexistent. Expect to work weekends, holidays, and extra hours due to chronic attendance problems and understaffing. If you have a family, you probably won't for much longer. This company is very top heavy. There are a lot of "management" positions that serve no real purpose. New hires are lied to about the working environment and amount of hours required and many leave before being fully trained, resulting in being chronically understaffed. Good work is not recognized meaningfully. Equipment and employees are being run into the ground via lack of maintenance and overwork.

    Advice to Management

    The good ol' boy system rules at 3m. This needs to be put in check. Equipment has an expected service life. Replace and maintain equipment on schedule. The bubble may burst on this company when patched together equipment finally fails, or fed up employees go elsewhere, as I am looking to do as soon as possible.


  9. "Warehouse"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in New Ulm, MN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in New Ulm, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many hours and rotating shifts

    Cons

    Your just a number that's all

    Advice to Management

    Get better management


  10. "Loved this company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Although our office was remote, the corporate office seemed to really care about employee development and progress. There were multiple programs to set you up for success.

    Cons

    Being remote, it wasn't as easy to take advantage of most of the offerings the corporate campus had available. it could feel like a major disconnect between your goals and the overall goals.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees well. Ensure you are a part of the solution rather than the problems. Buy understanding the full view, your ability to manage remote teams would be far enhanced.


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