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Updated April 11, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Old-school expectations (be a company wo/man), 21st century work-life balance (24x7x365)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Successful company with pretty good pay

    Cons

    Ridiculous travel expectations--3 weeks in Asia, multiple times per year
    When not traveling to Asia, expected to be constantly connected--answer emails all night
    Vacation--isn't. Check in email every morning and evening, minimum. Take calls as needed.
    The old-school benefits are gone--no pension, no banking vacation

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance, new blood


  2. "Contractor at 3M"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good contract hourly pay rate.

    Cons

    Thrown into the fray without any training or leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Needs leadership.


  3. "Innovative products, political and outdated management practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    competitive salary, international opportunities, innovative product offering, top-notch R&D department, adequate benefits

    Cons

    little room for lateral growth, not run as a meritocracy, incredibly political for career advancement, incompetent management, diversity is lacking, difficult to retain young talent

    Advice to Management

    Make this company an exciting place to work, rather than a stuffy 9-5 where middle management are promoted based on tenure. Compared to other fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities, 3M has a reputation of being the place where the management is slow to adapt to the recent times. It is not going to win any "Best Places to Work" awards until it revises its middle manager structure.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Unfair treatment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hutchinson, MN

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

    Pros

    Payrate is good. This is the ONLY good thing.

    Cons

    All team leaders treat employees differently, some employees get by with everything, other employees are written up constantly. They keep taking away production workers, so that 1 person is required to run an entire line alone (used to be 3 people). Massive amounts of overtime-no time for family life.

    Advice to Management

    Get more production workers, not salaried workers. Treat employees fairly. Stop coming up with more ways to write people up. Let production workers smoke on break (outside, in smoke shacks-this is not hurting non smokers). Limit the amount hours of overtime from production workers-this is bad for morale and health.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "If You are Top Talent There are Better Options"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Salary, Benefits, but be cautious its structured to keep you be hand-cuffed to the organizations for the long-term

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, Bullying Bosses, Stealing of ideas, Cliquish. Too much castle building, so bosses fight for products and people to manage for visibility and power, then they make promises to deliver great things, they don't resouce their teams to succed but are sure to have someone/ something else to throw under the boss when things go wrong.

    Unbelievable amount of turnover in roles in the US and globally. Remember that when you think " wow 3M is hiring, So many job openings", then ask yourself why you think that is

    Impotent HR Dept: Heard many people complain about poor bosses and bad 3M HR practices but HR would do nothing and one person was told by HR " There is NOTHING I can do" Recruiting process is as nepotist as it gets and HR just does as it's told by hiring managers/team

    The Profiles of 3M Employees:

    Profile A: Older Folks who seem to not want to/or lack the ability do anything innovative. They just work enough to not get fired they are however really good at leveraging their deep internal political networks to secure as much resources from themelsves as possible

    Profile B: Young folks from lower tier schools but they are somebodies (golf buddy's)nephew/neice or (golf buddy's) grandson/granddaughter so they got the job. They are nice enough people but not the top talent that you can collectively work together with to grow your careers with

    Profile C: Most Top tier talent are either 6-12months new to the company and/or are on their way out to greener pastures

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart to heart session and ask yourselves do you feel it's a good long term strategic idea to have all these products your can't support to commercialize/ under fund. As much as 3M lives in the 70s-80s where the 3M brand was top, where your prducts were the most innovate do you think the current insular thinking will take 3M in the right direction over the next two decades? For a firm that gets majority of its revenues/growth from outside the US do you think teams that are anti-globalization and lacking in multiculturalistim are a winning formula for the long term?

    While I was never upset with bonuses might want to make sure that some divisons' approaches to distributing bonuses are ethical before auditors start snooping


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible workplace for contractors."

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

    I worked at 3M as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and pretty campus.

    Cons

    Full-time employees look down on contractors, no free coffee (have to pitch in on monthly fund), very immature atmosphere in certain areas because of all the contractors. Most of the other employees aren't very personable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Its not what it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family company
    great stock options
    people are nice

    Cons

    Its hard to get anything done, the people that have been there forever do not want change and they are the majority. Good luck trying to get them to buy into any new idea.
    The company prefers to employ the children of the people who currently work there or have retired - this mean no innovation.. no new ideas.
    They have issues retaining any young people, and there are ethical issues in how some of the middle management runs their teams

    Advice to Management

    Retire already!


  9. "Meetings. Meetings. More Meetings. None of them useful."

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

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

    Pros

    Very good 401k match. 6% dollar for dollar. Not much else is worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Corporate pours millions into the headquarters while squeezing the remote sites. Too many people in St. Paul and not enough in the plants. They grow by acquisition and not innovation. Heatlh insurance is expensive and the coverage is terrible. People are pigeoned-holed and not allowed to think. Too many chiefs and not enough support staff. Their IT systems are old and dated. They have Lotus Notes for email which is the worst on the market. SAP rollout is sucking millions of dollars and the company has been outsourcing staff to India and other countries and those people are slow to respond and not very helpful. Pay me now or pay me later.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing jobs. Bring jobs back to America and train your people. Senior management is out of touch with reality. The current CEO is over 60 and only recently was prompted from within and he will have to retire at 65. Short term thinking does not bring long term gains.


  10. "My experience at 3M is that there is little to NO growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Production in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros is that there are many hours to work and it is a steady pay check with nice people

    Cons

    The job requires NO free thinking
    NO autonomy
    NO growth

    Advice to Management

    Learn to evolve


  11. "take more give less"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    health benefits were not bad

    Cons

    people in corporate were not very friendly

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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