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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • great colleagues; good work/life balance with core hours; good pay; great benefits; great networking connections (in 124 reviews)

  • competitive comp and friendly work environment (in 103 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 38 reviews)

  • Contract doesn't necessarily lead to full-time (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Standard factory job"

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

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

    Pros

    Clean, well run, good management, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No music/not allowed to listen to music in the plant

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be some form of music playing 24/7 or allow single ear headphones to help keep your employees from losing their minds while doing extremely repetitive, monotonous pre-assembly work.


  2. "Not great as a contractor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn new disciplines

    Cons

    Contractors never hired to FTE

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional in every aspect"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Aberdeen, SD
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Aberdeen, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits, some co-workers are great

    Cons

    No life outside of work. Too much overtime and it's mandatory. Management is absolutely disgusting. Whole upper management is disorganized and not professional. This plant is all based on who you know and or who you are sleeping with. Plenty of qualified and dedicated people passed over for jobs so upper management has their buddies. There favorite saying here is corporate does not care about them so they can do what they want. Glad I retired and left. Everything went downhill after.

    Advice to Management

    None, they don't care and break company polices all the time


  4. "Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Hours, Work/life balance, flexibility, challenging but there is a strong support system

    Cons

    Location is the only negative, but plenty of options to move within the company


  5. "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Exceptional company with extensive cutting-edge tools and employee knowledge. Amazing global footprint. Inspirational.

    Cons

    Wish there were more locations throughout the twin cities.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Slow yet Respectable"

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

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to many different industries. Wonderful co-workers.
     Excellent focus on product development.

    Cons

    Slow to promote. There are days when time stands still at 3M. It's challenging to stand out when middle managers are distracted with their own workloads and rely heavily on performance review forms. I think things will begin to change towards modernization when the people on the old pensions retire.

    Advice to Management

    Give middle management time to actually manage people and ignite the incredible workforce you already have in place. Please stop giving current employees another employee's entire job when they leave. Doing 2-3 jobs is trying, without a pay raise. I hear this from my colleagues every day, though it has not been my personal experience.


  7. "Business Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Clifton Park, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Clifton Park, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy and able to work in a variety of businesses and meet a lot of smart, polite and professional people.

    Cons

    Part time, having to file 1090 Quarterly and pay in full for your benefits. Strive for a full-time 10 year final career.

    Advice to Management

    Myself

  8. "Great Compnay"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are really great

    Cons

    People move in positions rather quickly. Can be cumbersome repeating analysis and reeducation people


  9. "Bad Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, as long as you can work for them

    Cons

    No one at HQ cares about the people who make them money

    Advice to Management

    Care more for your employees


  10. "Cording Operator and cross trained in many departments"

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    Former Employee - Cording Operator in Valley, NC
    Former Employee - Cording Operator in Valley, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers, wonderful safety training and excellent benefits and plenty of room for moving up the ladder, as long as you're willing to work overtime and not be late to workj!

    Cons

    1st shift would have been excellent, but takes many years to achieve day hours! 3rd shift ALWAYS met quota and most likely was able to WAY out do 1st, or 2nd shift! Some of the "white collar newbys from MN would come in without any knowledge of ME values and traditions and were sometimes JACKASSES! NOT ALL, BUT QUITE A FEW FOR SURE!😁

    Advice to Management

    Willingness to tho no outside the box with 3rd shift...look at their numbers as compared to 1st and 2nd shift. Just because 3rd shifters are a newer group to 3M doesn't mean they are of less value to this GREAT AND TRUSTED COMPANY! BEST JOB EVER!


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