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3M Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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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. "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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Secrecy Inefficiency and chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, some opportunities, met great people

    Cons

    Highly unstable, relies on contractors but treats them in near sub human fashion, secrecy and information compartmentalization taken to an extreme where bad agents were abusing the system and not working. Chaos, disorganzation and astonishing waste of resources. No viable way to alert anyone about what was going on in Austin

    Advice to Management

    Create a mechanism where employees can alert you to wrong doings, safely. Stop some of the more greatly abused practices. Encourage more openess and actual work being done.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "3M is awesome if you not a contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  4. "3M - good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great for chemists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Production Contract Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flemington, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flemington, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Steady full-time work with plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Lack of respect for workers, most of whom were immigrants, from upper/mid level management

    Advice to Management

    A little respect goes a long way. Don't treat your factory workers like children. They are the ones completing 12 hour shifts to get your products out on time with high quality standards.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "3M"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - R&D in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great variety and good people at the worker level

    Cons

    Very short term focused, business objectives handed down from the top without concern on if they are real or not

    Advice to Management

    missing opportunities by only pressing for short term results


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 3M full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast Paced, high expectations, diverse, competitive pay and benefits employer. Supportive management for ideas, although funding is not always there for anything mid to long payback.

    Cons

    Fast paced, high expectations, limited upward mobility locally, relo may be required to continue to advance at middle management levels. Company options exist throughout US and for those interested overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus to grow plant. Last 3 years have been very exciting and growth is an exciting time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Product Development Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. There are many employees with a variety of in-depth technical expertise. World-class analytical, materials, and process technology knowledge and a very broad IP portfolio.
    The "15% Culture" and "Tech Forum" is nice.

    Cons

    Promotions happen very slowly relative to peer companies. Promising opportunities that require significant financial expenditure are often turned down. The new way to be "innovative" may be to identify small start-ups and buy them in the early stages.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions, especially in first 10 years, should happen more often. I have been here 11 years and been promoted twice. 3M doesn't seem like an innovative company in today's life. New small opportunities, while may not be extremely financially attractive, could generate "buzz-worthy" positive marketing.


  10. "Wonderful place to learn and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for growth and development. Company is filled with a lot of smart and helpful people.

    Cons

    Work life balance can at times be lost at the manufacturing sites.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in employees


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