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"innovative company with opportunity for advancement"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Nevada, MO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

3M has a culture that allows innovation without punishment for failure. Lean six sigma is one of the main reasons for 3M's success in keeping costs down and hiring outstanding people. Communication from the middle management down is good so I assume communication down the chain of command to all levels is the same. Compensation and benefits are in line with the industry standard although there have been some changes. We'll have to see what the industry does. Morale is high considering the economy and the tough decision from St. Paul. Management shows a great deal of respect to the employees.

Cons

The culture of "that is the way we have always done it" is alive and well within all ranks. This is starting to change in the production area but is slow to be adopted in other areas. One of the downsides is some of the plants are in small towns. This is not always a downside but if you want a good meal you may have to drive for it as well as going shopping. This also limits the potential employee pool and makes it difficult to get an outstanding engineer or manager into your plant due to the location.

Advice to Management

remove the silos between plants/divisions

Other Employee Reviews for 3M

  1. Helpful (2)

    "3M-Still a great place to work-if you're a young boot licker."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired Supply Chain Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Retired Supply Chain Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative work is rewarded, but you must toot your own horn, as management expects your best all the time. Benefits were excellent for a long time, but are lessening as times change. Flex time in Austin is encouraged, making for less stress. Open building design encourages more interaction between sales/marketing/engineering/lab.

    Cons

    Questionable selection of management, placing untested people in level 14 jobs who have never gone through the ranks.
    Expectations that a canoe can move just as fast with 10 oars and only 4 rowers. Salaries are lower than at other equally rated jobs in the Austin area since they are tied to national averages.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to the people who are doing the real work, don't just give the opinion surveys lip service. Give more credit to the loyal, long-term employees who think that "Mother M" still exists. They will serve you better than the young upstarts you are moving up the ladder.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "3M is on a down cycle, mid management is ducking heads or looking for heads to chop."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Watch young boot lickers kisss up to management as the true movers are trod upon.

    Cons

    Peformance is irrevelant. Politics rule.

    Advice to Management

    Look to your senior staff for advice not "kids on the block" who are eager to share their stupidity.


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