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Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge (in 32 reviews)

  • sometimes decision making process is too long (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good company to work for, but benefits are fading"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company
    Able to transfer jobs internally

    Cons

    Blatant ageism, nepotism and cronyism
    Lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    Return to long term business strategy planning instead of focusing on quarterly results. Executives need to be more engaged with rank and file employees (I couldn't pick Inga Thulin out of a police lineup and he only sent messages to employees about quarterly results.)


  2. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Technical Aide
    Current Employee - Technical Aide
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work place, very professional

    Cons

    My work isn't too exciting, but that's understandable because I am still in undergrad

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, educated and professional workforce, opportunity for advancement. Good company with great culture.

    Cons

    More tenured employees on past pension plan are understandably hesitant to leave (and lose their pension). For these employees, career move options are within 3M only. Many are at higher levels making it more difficult to break out of what they know. Most are knowledgable and great employees but in some cases these people ought to be moving on from what they have been doing. And can't/don't because they are tied to 3M.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the behavior of the above-mentioned employees.


  4. "Supply Chain Analyst Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at 3M as an intern

    Pros

    -Work with great people
    -Management is very helpful
    -Friendly environment, pays well
    -Very willing to help me out as an intern and help me get some experience in different fields of work

    Cons

    -Can work long days
    -Not much physical work when working with supply chain analysts


  5. "Good experience working at 3M"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at 3M as an intern

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities and great people.

    Cons

    With the size of the organization, sometimes the processes can be very slow.


  6. "Fascinating Manufacturing Company with Std Big Corp Issues"

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

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

    Pros

    Cool manufacturing and development technologies available for cutting edge product and manufacturing method development with a vast range of product portfolios. There is something to interest everyone at 3M. Great culture that supports discovery and cross-functional collaboration. Flexible work opportunities available, pretty good 'soft' benefits like parental leave, lots of sick time, options to work remotely, etc.

    Cons

    Has the downfalls of almost every large, fortune 500 tech company - lots of standards and regulations, hoops to jump through and slow to change. As all technical fields, still a very old and male-dominated workforce though as a general rule, people are very welcoming (maybe Minnesota Nice comes into play here).

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees new ideas (esp. new employees not yet jaded by 20+ years of 3M/industry experience). Be cautious of waves of retirement paired with 'millennial' turnover - I see this being a huge issue and leaving major technical gaps in the workforce.


  7. "Great Place, Hard to get foot in door"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at 3M as a contractor

    Pros

    People are great, tons of resources

    Cons

    Being on contract limits what you can do and I'm not sure I'll have this job in a year.

  8. "Nice place to work"

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

    Pros

    the people are great to work with
    the benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    lack of career runway outside of headquarters


  9. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Pay. Great Benefits. upward mobility

    Cons

    Corporate politics was a pain. Took forever to get anything approved

    Advice to Management

    Fast track new products. Make faster decisions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The good and the bad of a huge global company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Business Director in Maplewood, MN
    Former Employee - Global Business Director in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly known as an industrial provider, 3M operates in various business segments, from Health Care to Consumer products. The R&D capabilities are fantastic and the company consistently invests in new products across various platforms, either directly or through M&A. Its global footprint makes it for exciting yet stable performance, as a slow-down in a market can be off-set by a growth in another. Leadership is getting much better at focusing in key growth businesses and regions vs. a highly decentralized model from year ago.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating to find the right empowerment model in this highly "matrix" organization - the approximately 30 Divisions have a global leader but in each country report to a local Managing Director that may have different goals. Leading a team here can be a roller-coaster if the Region vs. Business politics gets in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Share more openly with all 80K employees the broader priorities of the company so businesses can trulls understand their role in the bigger organization.


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