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Have questions about working at 3M? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at 3M.

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64 English questions out of 64

January 21, 2021

Does 3M offer massages?

Pros

Very stable company with nice & modern offices and great benefits. Coworkers are super friendly. Nice cafeterias and they also have food trucks that come several times a week. As long as you do a good job they will never let you go. A lot of the awesome people that works here have been with the company for decades.

Cons

Lacks organization, projects are poorly planned and you spend so much time doing redundant tasks during execution and even more time fixing the results afterwards. Very stingy, no free coffee or cups, you barely get water and the machines are always broken. The company store sells very old merchandise at small discounts that you end up throwing away because it no longer works.

Very stingy, no free coffee or cups, you barely get water and the machines are always broken.

January 21, 2021

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June 26, 2021

Does 3M offer dental insurance?

Pros

Good PTO, good pay, good 401k, dental and insurance plans

Cons

Not easy to move up, lack of communication, inconsistent OT, and always doing construction/rework

Advice to Management

Improve communication throughout plant, standardize every department, and incentives for employees

Good PTO, good pay, good 401k, dental and insurance plans

June 26, 2021

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January 26, 2020

Does 3M have a pension plan?

Pros

-Decent compensation and benefits -Strong brand on your resume (for now) -Potential exposure to multiple business models/markets/geographies -Good place to work if you're in sales or a technical function

Cons

I can only speak for my experience in Supply Chain within certain businesses over several years. 3M only values technical skill sets, and sales to a lesser extent. Supply Chain at 3M is viewed as a transactional, non-professional support function, and is not viewed as part of the business in any division. Supply Chain Analysts in most divisions and plants spend 80% + of their time doing non-value added transactional activities to keep the business running due to 3M's horrifically antiquated IT systems. Seriously, it's like stepping into a time machine back to the 1970s. SAP implementation has gone horribly (to the surprise of no one). The Supply Chain Manager of most businesses reports to the Manufacturing Director; Supply Chain is not it's own vertical like it is at most peer companies that aren't stuck in the 1970s. Most Supply Chain leaders at 3M have no education and minimal experience in the function. Two out of the last three SVPs of Supply Chain had ZERO prior Supply Chain experience. One of them had an MBA from Harvard, so that made him qualified to run the Supply Chain function of a $30B+ organization with zero experience, I guess. As far as the actual work environment goes, culture can vary by a lot by division but is mostly very old-school and non professional. There is no actual performance review process or development planning. If you work in Supply Chain (and don't have an engineering background) the best you can hope for in terms of career development is jumping from division to division and hope you can get promoted to Supervisor after 15+ years. I can say that in the last division I worked in verbal abuse/beratement by managers and people in other functions was a daily occurrence. Plenty of incompetent people in all functions counting down the days until they can collect their pension (and will not be replaced, 9 times out of 10). 3M is trying hard to make it look like this is a hip place to work. The reality is they have an extremely hard time keeping millennials who will leave for better compensation, time off, advancement potential, etc. As others have mentioned, you start out with 10 vacation days and this does not increase to 15 until four years of service. They try to make it sound like it's better than it is because they give you 4 floating holidays, except these are Federal holidays that 3M doesn't recognize but you would get off at most other companies anyways.

Advice to Management

None. Leaving 3M was the best decision I ever made - personally and professionally.

Plenty of incompetent people in all functions counting down the days until they can collect their pension (and will not be replaced, 9 times out of 10).

January 26, 2020

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May 6, 2021

Does 3M assist with or provide work transportation?

Pros

3M is a great company to work for and has treated me well. The most competitive advantages compared to other employers are as follows: Sales reps get a company car, high base salary, great benefits (ex: pet insurance plan covers spaying/neutering a dog which is unheard of in my experience), and they prefer to promote within.

Cons

Although 3M is a great company it of course has some disadvantages. In my opinion they would be as follows: Really difficult work/life balance, difficult navigating such a large company, you'll hear "things move slow here" often, impossible to take a vacation without your work phone having service (ex: you realistically cannot go off the grid for a week to camp or travel across the globe. You must have service to pass along emails/calls as they come in to people covering for you), and incredibly competitive internal work culture that more often is a fault rather than an advantage.

Advice to Management

Nothing written in this section could ever change how things are done at 3M. The company is too big to care about Glassdoor reviews. I wrote this specifically for people considering accepting an offer as a Patient Support Specialist (formally Associate Territory Representative). This is a great company to work for if you want to sell your soul to the role and want to put all of your time into growing your net worth. They pay well but demand a lot from their employees. Although they preach to use all your vacation days, you realistically cannot vacation somewhere without cell service or in a drastically different time zone (ex: across the globe). Also if you theoretically never have a person to cover for you then management would never approve any vacation time. This is incredibly frustrating in certain sales territories with small teams that do not overlap in terms of responsibility making it a difficult task to plan vacation time. As the years fly by it really puts what actually matters into perspective.

The most competitive advantages compared to other employers are as follows: Sales reps get a company car, high base salary, great benefits (ex: pet insurance plan covers spaying/neutering a dog which is unheard of in my experience), and they prefer to promote within.

May 6, 2021

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June 8, 2021

Does 3M offer life insurance?

Pros

Pay work life balance insurance is good

Cons

There are not any cons here

Pay work life balance insurance is good

June 8, 2021

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