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Updated April 20, 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 (1)

    "Safe Place, Good Pay, HORRIBLE Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Nevada, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are nice, frequent breaks (every 2 hours if working a 12 hour shift), paid lunch/breaks, sick pay and personal holidays, safety is drilled into employee's heads, highly trained ERT (Emergency Response Team), and good security.

    Cons

    Management is "Superior" to all, as in they are holier than art thou. Hated working under the plant manager who was present during my employment in 2012-2015 and HR went to crap. They will walk you out of the plant/fire you over the dumbest things (even for so much as uttering a curse word), they've taken away profit sharing, forced 401K of 6% or you can't have it, and it felt like they quit fighting for decent priced insurance. Also, no pension. You put into your 401K or nothing when you retire. 3M has scaled way back on bonuses offered to employees and hires/shuffles around horrible management. You can almost guarantee whoever your supervisor is has no clue what the actual job is of those they are supervising, as in they've never done the job so you could lie and say something takes you twice the time to screw around or you could say it takes half the time and do a really crappy job. If you don't do your work, management will more than likely just force one of your co-workers to do it (one of the grunt workers) because none of them have a spine to speak to those who defy them. You must also have a certain last name to gain any recognition to move up. If your nose isn't brown, you can stay the low man on the totem pole. Also HR isn't there for employees; they're there for "the company" so they do no wrong because it's the "employees".

    Advice to Management

    Hire better management including more effective HR, enforce fair practices, stop showing favoritism, and make group leaders more accountable. Also, give the employees back their pensions, stop the forced 6% of the 401K (let them put it 3% if they want), and for God's sake, let them smoke. They're grown-ups and they're going to smoke even if big brother doesn't want them to.


  2. "3m Industrial"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid, innovative, leader that writes the rules and then watches others try to keep up. Great company run by Minnesota's best

    Cons

    Huge, corporate, lots of red tape and way too easy to get lost in the machine. You play the game to get ahead or you don't play


  3. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Garden Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. They pay in the top 75% and have great benefits. They are committed to continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Big company with a lot of red tape.


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  5. "Business Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great people, wonderful and fun products, pay

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours, but flexible work hours make up for it!

    Advice to Management

    In some parts of the company, it's still the good 'old boys group. Those are becoming fewer and far between though.


  6. "3M Installer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Installer in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Installer in Panama City, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job, Great people to work with, Management is top notch, Organizational Culture is amazing, They do not micro-manage, exciting and fun work.

    Cons

    No room for advancement really. and pay could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, and pay the bottom employee's a little better.


  7. "packaging operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Die Press Operator in Tonawanda, NY
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Die Press Operator in Tonawanda, NY

    I worked at 3M (More than a year)

    Pros

    3M offers great pay with lots of opportunity for advancement a ton of overtime and great benefits, you may start at the bottom but you work your way up quick

    Cons

    None, none none none none none none none none none none none none none none


  8. "Machine Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great Pay good benifits clean building

    Cons

    No raises
    No raises no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Bonus.


  9. "Bus. Dev. Mgr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M full-time

    Pros

    Strong international company, great people and good benefits

    Cons

    Large old company. slow to make decisions and slow to respond to customers

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on the core and stop managing to the quarterly report


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Difference-making work, struggling with inclusiveness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great going to work knowing that you were part of real innovation and customer value - it really motivates you to push yourself and feel proud of your work.

    Cons

    The company supports employee groups and external organizations that strive to boost diversity in the employee base; however, once you are in the door, the informal networks and networking that make a difference are not there.

    Advice to Management

    Certainly be thoughtful and take risks - but once done - be decisive. Don't leave people hanging when most can see the writing on the wall.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but tough to advance in the Austin office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; being part of a diversified company means that when one area of the company struggles due to market fluctuations that the other businesses within the company help keep all boats afloat.

    Cons

    HQ is in St Paul and for most promotions or to move around into other opportunities within the company it means you need to be willing to relocate to Minnesota.

    Advice to Management

    Still old-school thinking in that the world revolves around St Paul.



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