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65 English questions out of 65

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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April 8, 2021

Does 3M offer dental insurance?

Pros

A good place to learn and gain experience for self-starter to work in a reputable multinational company, flexible working hours.

Cons

Very limited organization and resources, marketing should able to handle from A-Z marketing activities due too many administrative tasks that consumed most of times, which sometimes becomes a hassle and obstacle to moving fast and to support sales activities, and thus marketer can't focus more into strategic and analytical stuffs. Almost zero chance for contract worker to be promoted as full time, no matter how good and qualified he/she is according to their user, hopefully this company is able to consider their contract worker more who already been worked there with experiences to fill the vacant position or to be promoted as full time rather than take resources from outsider. There are not much benefits and allowances, contract worker did not get such as health insurance, dental, and bonuses earned, only salary, BPJS, and BPJSTKU.

Advice to Management

The Company and Management should to look more and see the opportunities and talents that exist in the company that already has experiences rather than recruiting people from outside to fill the full time employee vacant position, especially opportunity for contract workers, and to not discriminate much in terms of treating contract workers and full time employee that involved all employees in several activities/events in the company just because of the different employee's status, so that contract employees also have a sense of belonging to the company and not feel discriminated. Giving appreciation more for contract workers, because after all contract workers also contributed to the progress and growth of the company. And to simplify all operating and administrative daily tasks, so that able to support sales activities in an immediate time.

There are not much benefits and allowances, contract worker did not get such as health insurance, dental, and bonuses earned, only salary, BPJS, and BPJSTKU.

April 8, 2021

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April 17, 2019

Does 3M have a pension plan?

Pros

Overall, they do pay well with good benefits. The overall base pay is strong, they match 401(k) at varying percentages based on level, offer an employee stock purchase program with a 15% discount and have the standard yearly pay increases

Cons

The company is clearly focused on and centered around B2B. They do not understand consumer driven businesses and do not adopt their business models and practices accordingly. If you come from a consumer based company, you will be very disappointed. Marketing budgets are consistently the first area to be cut and the company spends at approximately 1/3 of what other traditional CPG companies spend on marketing. They very much adopt the mindset of 'if you build a better mousetrap'. The company freely moves people in to roles where they have no experience or expertise. While I can appreciate the willingness to allow people to move freely within the company, they assign people to roles based on tenure, not experience or expertise. People with supply chain backgrounds run marketing, customer service backgrounds run sales departments and operations experts work in finance. Without a doubt, the core of this company is built around technical (R&D) and operations. They do not understand nor care about marketing, strategy or sales. While the company claims to be focused on 'growth', all internal indications and behaviors clearly demonstrate they are focused on their historical nature of being a 'dividend' company. The company as a whole is terrible at prioritizing: every project, tactic and strategy is a priority. If you ask what is priority, the most common response will be 'all of them'. This lack of decisions making is consistent up and down leadership levels throughout the company. Very little, if any, decision making and prioritization is driven down in to the organization and employees are not empowered nor entrusted to make key decisions. Because of the historical pension program, the motivation is low among more tenured employees. Many are due to retire in the near future, with those that are near retirement uninterested in new ideas, business strategies or breakthrough innovation. The overall goal is to get to retirement without any significant change. Those with longer tenures do not value outside experience. Their is an unspoken understanding that those with outside experience are known for having 'A3' and 'B3' experience (i.e A.D. and B.C.). Only experience gained with 3M tends to be valued by other 3M'ers who have been with the company for most of their careers. The overall culture focuses on 'checking the box' and 'falling in line with your boss'. While titles appear to show a flat organization, make no mistake, decision making is very much hierarchical. The company needs a complete cultural reset to have a strong chance of succeeding in the future.

Because of the historical pension program, the motivation is low among more tenured employees.

April 17, 2019

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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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September 28, 2020

Does 3M offer life insurance?

Pros

Excellent work life balance, and great culture of people that know what they are doing

Cons

Sometimes you find that the work is more complicated than it needs to be and the company needs to keep pushing to improve this.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees and work to remove complexity in the processes

Great benefits and work life balance

September 28, 2020

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