3M Technical Aide Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2020

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  1. "Great Experience"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work with leaders in the industry

    Cons

    Nothing to mention that was bad

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    3M Response

    April 10, 2020Employment Brand Team

    Hello, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed working for 3M and really appreciate you sharing your experience with us.

  2. "Good First Experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great culture where curiosity is encouraged.

    Cons

    there are none that I can think of.

    3M Response

    March 24, 2020Employment Brand Team

    Hello, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoy working for 3M and really appreciate you sharing this with us.

  3. "Great Company to Work For"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Technical Aide 

    I worked at 3M part-time

    Pros

    Very accommodating around my school schedule and in teaching various lab protocols. Also, very nice and personable in wanting to get to know you and assist in your future ambitions.

    Cons

    Whenever meetings arose out of town for members in your lab, sometimes had to work alone for extended periods of time. Made answering questions difficult if any came up.

    3M Response

    October 4, 2019Employment Brand Team

    Hello, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed working for 3M and really appreciate your feedback.

  4. "Great entry level experience in engineering field."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 3M part-time

    Pros

    Got to constantly work alongside experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Work at times was monotonous and tedious.

    3M Response

    September 27, 2019Employment Brand Team

    Hello, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your time with 3M and really appreciate you sharing your experience.

  5. "Lab Tech Role"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 3M part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good experience, Looks good on a resume, a variety of different fields

    Cons

    Boring lab work sometimes and data reduction

    3M Response

    September 12, 2019Employment Brand Team

    Hello, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoy working for 3M overall and appreciate your feedback.

  6. "Technical Aide"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at 3M part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My supervisor is really nice, flexible, and doing cutting edge research.

    Cons

    The work can get repetitive or boring depending on the job you're doing. I also usually work alone, so that could be a pro or a con depending on the person.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Okay Temporary Job"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Not difficult to understand your job. Most tasks are trivial -32 hours a week is nice during the summer

    Cons

    -Work culture is weird. Unnecessary drama and talking behind backs is common. It's high school for people with PhD's -No opportunities to go to meetings, interact with managers, or have a lot of interaction with other departments -Your experience is highly dependent on your boss(es) and building you work in. Many office spaces are depressing and many bosses are not a good fit for their interns. There are dozens of tech aide opportunities at 3M. Ask your future manager questions during your interview and make sure you want to commit to their projects. -The actual work you do is menial. Tech Aide input on experimental design is limited. You will inevitably run tests, prep samples, and do the dirty work for the majority of your time at 3M. The pain of your workload is 100% dependent on your manager. -3M hires tech aides because experimental tasks need to be completed. Instead of having Engineers run these tests, this work if off loaded to other employees if an engineer wants to more efficiently spend their time in meetings. Some choose to take this path, while others do their testing themselves. A lab technician would cost 3M too much money, so they choose high school and college students willing to work for poor wages. The pay is not really work the worth you have to do. Take a 3M tech aide job if you are a freshman/sophomore in need of a part time job and initial experience. If you can, work at another company that offers internships with strong pay and work load that will actually show you what being an engineer is all about

  8. "Educational"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 3M part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    learned a lot, very flexible with time

    Cons

    lower pay compared to other internships

  9. "Technical Aide Internship Position"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technical Aide in Maplewood, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at 3M for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great learning experience at a large advanced materials company. Good pay for a part-time internship position. Flexible working hours to balance in-school responsibilities. Ability for challenging, non-trivial research work.

    Cons

    There is a maximum number of hours that can be worked and a limited time period for the position (undergrad in-school only). No opportunities to observe meetings with management and learn more about the corporate culture.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tech aide great for students short term, bad long term"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Technical Aide 

    I have been working at 3M part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to industry, learned a lot

    Cons

    No pay increases, limited opportunities to become full time

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