In general, the people are great and the work is interesting and rewarding at 3M Canada.
The salary and benefits are better than many other companies.
Working from home or, if you can't work from home, taking 'personal time' is an option which is great for times when unexpected things pop up like a sick child or you need to be home to meet a plumber, etc.
Work-Life balance is OK most of the time but there are times when you are expected to work to tight deadlines regardless of how long it takes or how little notice you received.
There are some managers that are fantastic and some that are not. Leadership has promoted a few people in the last few years that should not be where they are; at both middle management and VP levels.
Overall, 3M is a very ethical and somewhat transparent company but the management sometimes says one thing and does another; they've been caught in the act a couple of times. There are also instances where a leader is allowed to proceed with actions that are unbecoming of the reputation that 3M has previously earned in the business world and with their employees.
They are relying on contract workers a lot more to fill gaps without increasing head count and help fund dividends. Leadership/corporate has also begun to treat contract workers like they are second class citizens in the last couple of years by applying really ridiculous rules and giving them email addresses that emphasize they are contract workers.
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ProsVery good benefits and salary/bonus, decent wages for contractors, subsidised flat rate catered lunches, fitness centre at HQ, volunteer opportunities; many smart caring people, diversity
ConsLeadership changes, some long hours, job security, too many contract workers, time wasted retraining, instances of agism and sexism, some policy changes without notice
Production Operator | Brockville, ON | Nov. 22, 2019
Would Never Go Back
Working at the Brockville 502 3M plant felt like a prison sentence.
Your experience will be completely based on your co-workers. I worked with a few people who became great friends but as soon as you get a good rapport with any co-workers, you will be separated to different lines or shifts.
Our associates were completely unsupportive and abusive. When a new associate was brought to our line they treated us like slaves. We were told we weren't allowed to speak while on the line at all. If we did, we were yelled at and separated. We were told we could not touch machines which we were trained to use, but also if we didn't immediately respond to the machine issues were were again, yelled at. One weekend I was left alone to run the line for hours as my associate took 6 hours of break over two shifts, then the associate came out from the break room because they saw me struggling to keep up and they called me "pathetic and childish." When I brought this to my supervisor nothing was done. Two months later the same associate started yelling at me for no reason at the end of our shift bringing me to tears, and had two shifts before brought another worker to tears. We went to our supervisor asking for something to be done about the bullying and abusive environment which which was having a massive effect on our mental well being, nothing was done and the associate then made a complaint about me using my phone (which I left in my lunch bag) and I was "no longer needed" at the plant wi
Pricing Coordinator | London, ON | May 4, 2016
Collaborative and very friendly work environment, but little-to-no hope of converting from contract to permanent.
The bulk of my day revolves around ensuring that - when requested - a customer has access to a set set of products, at a pre-determined waterfall of pricing conditions. These rules are set out by our Pricing Specialists, and it is up to my colleagues and I to maintain these rules to ensure optimal accuracy and avoid price leakage. Beyond these 'listings', and setting up pricing for new products, I am also responsible for creating mass-buy lists, which typically involve five thousand customers or more, and ten to twenty of our biggest-selling Sales Districts. It is a very routine job, but when faced with new challenges - be it software updates, new procedure etc... - we as Pricing Maintainers work very well as a collaborative unit to strive to find the most effective new way to adapt to and evolve from these challenges as they unravel.
Prosflex-hours, personable and helpful leaders, team-play environment that also provides plenty of solo work.
Cons"frozen" in terms of ability to convert contract workers to permanent, which means no vacation, benefits, etc...
former temp | Brockville, ON | Oct. 30, 2014
Not a good place to work
I worked as a temp for 3 months in the tape plant. I got along great with the other employees except for the person training me. Management was very poor. My supervisor never called me by my name. It was always either sweetie or hun. The person who trained me, clearly didn't want to train anyone and was not a team player. I found myself just learning by watching and if I asked a question, I would be told to do as he says. He was also a temp who has been there for 2 years and all the temps he has previously trained had been hired full-time so I assume he was bitter about that and didn't want to train anymore. When I spoke to my supervisor about the situation, I was told he would talk to him about it. 2 days later, I mentioned it again and he still hadn't spoken to him. The next day, while I was on break, I got a call from the placement agency saying that I wasn't needed anymore...while at work! I went directly to my supervisor's office and he lied to my face saying that I never went to him about the issues I was having with my co-worker.
I wouldn't recommend anyone work there unless you enjoy being treated like snot 12 hours a day for $14 an hour!!!!
Prosco-workers are very supportive
Operations Supervisor | Milton, ON | Jul. 31, 2013
Productive Plant, assisted with the grand opening of 3M
As Operations Supervisor I was in charge of all shipping lanes. This included picking, and packaging product, working with inventory levels, handling dry ice materials and oversee 35 employees.
Typical day started at 6:00 am and I started by
looking over the days orders, check dock with staged product, checked orders of shipped freight from previous night, checked for error orders, check inventory levels, ran daily meeting, reviewed the agenda for the day, and advised what areas needed special attention, handle workers and conflicts, walk the floor, see who needs help, daily go and see each worker, get feedback, check orders hourly to meet shipping deadlines, process workers hours from the previous day, manage breaks, reported any mechanical breakdowns, ordered pallets
The hardest part of the job was the very long hours and lack of support from HO.
ProsVery close to home, hired my employees
ConsExtremely long hours, no appreciation, managed by a Chicago team that micromanaged
Laborer/Operator | Brockville, ON | Apr. 23, 2017
Bad place to be at the bottom of the totem poll
The company is over managed, and there tends to be a disconcert between management and the production workers.
They treat contractors (and lower level employees) as disposable and will fire them over the smallest transgression. They will cut your shifts to try and save nickels and dimes. I often had regularly scheduled shifts canceled 1-2 hours before the shift started.
I'm not sure where in the bureaucracy the problem is, but it exists somewhere.
if you manage to get an office or management job I hear it can be a nice place to work, aside form the occasional stupidity of upper management.
Prosgood co-workers, can be a good place to work if your not on the bottom
Consout of touch management, poorly implemented corporate mandates, way to concerned liability (ironically leading to liability in some cases)
Tugger - 3M | Brockville, ON | Mar. 1, 2020
Productive and fun work place
I worked at 3M for 4 months in between school terms. It was a good experience for me to see the operations and processes that go into a production factory. My job was to deliver supplies hourly to each of the operating cells within the plant. It was a fun job because I got to drive around the plant in a 'train', and was able to form friendships with the Cell Operators over time. This made the work experience much more enjoyable, and I was able to truly experience what it is like to work apart of a large team. The only difficult thing about this job was the overnight shifts. If you don't mind working overnight, then this might be a great job opportunity for you.
Merchandiser | National Capital Region, ON | Aug. 24, 2018
Enjoying with my workmates and mag prospective task
I started working at a young age and I was early in the story of how to integrate and adapt to people around you who are working with boss and costumers. At first I thought I could work for money but later I also learned that you should not just work to earn money but also work for knowledge.
Since then I wanted to work even if it did not fit into my study or experience because I wanted to increase my knowledge and try myself how far I was and what I could do more.
So I decided to work abroad to try my best how to get along with other people and to learn their culture.
ConsUnpaid over time
Marketing Analyst | London, ON | Feb. 12, 2018
Lots of opportunity, if you're FT
Overall, 3M treats their full-time employees very well, but to a much lesser degree, their contract workers (no vacation, benefits, performance reviews), with lots of politics in the way of actually getting hired. The office is comfortable, and work-life balance is well-respected. Leadership could be stronger; there is a lack of transparency and follow-through on decisions. The learning opportunities are tremendous.
ProsFree gym, fun on-site events, volunteer opportunities, great pay
ConsLots of red tape, lack of transparency, very political environment, poor leadership, never-ending contracts
Sales Representative | Canada | Sep. 18, 2019
Demanding environment with multiple change initiatives
Great company with 100+ years of experience. Some opportunities for advancement and for development. As in any other company there is a variety of leaders/managers and depending on where you land it can be a great experience or a horrible experience.
It is a results driven company with a drive to deliver strong shareholder value.
Conflicting change initiatives among middle management make it difficult to truly understand important initiatives.
All thing Based on Facts & Figure & How you can Enhance them.
Answered Sep. 18, 2018
Very relaxed and friendly
Answered Jul. 20, 2018
What is the company culture at 3M?
Asked Jul. 6, 2017
The culture is very friendly. Everyone try to help as much as they can.
Answered Oct. 21, 2018
Answered Dec. 9, 2017
How should you prepare for an interview at 3M?
Asked Apr. 23, 2017
By giving the best answer on how I'd improve the company
Answered Mar. 26, 2020
Have a good Knowledge of 3M Products,Should know some background of 3M company.
Dress Well,have confidence,Talk less,answer only to what is being ask.
Answered Dec. 9, 2017
If you were in charge, what would you do to make 3M a better place to work?
Asked Sep. 18, 2019
Don't know. I think they are doing well already
Answered Oct. 25, 2020
I would create a Global Manufacturing System concept to help ensure everything remains where it suppose to be and placed back after it is use. Also to ensure everything is done in the safest and effective manner.
Answered Mar. 26, 2020
On average, how many hours do you work a day at 3M?
Asked May 27, 2019
12 hours a day
Answered Aug. 21, 2020
Typical day is about 9 hours with some additional weekend and some weeknight work.