3M New Ulm has plant policies that are purposefully vaguely defined in ways that always can be interpreted to benefit management.
Training plans are documented and completely ignored other than pressuring employees to sign others off as having been taught and having spent time on things they haven’t.
Documented procedures and guides are usually incorrect or obsolete. Replacing obsolete equipment takes a lower priority to numerous check sheets that production employees are required to sign off on as if it magically makes the machine work better.
Think you signed up for the shift you posted for such as days and afternoons alternating? Think again. Management can and will adjust the schedule and add mandatory overtime so it ends up being closer to alternating 12 hour shifts if they find it even slightly more convenient.
You’ll also be expected to keep your weekends clear, but games will be played to minimize how much you actually be paid (such as no Sundays, but instead of an 8 hour day M-F a mandatory 10 or 12). It will also be emphasized that there is no flexing of hours but this will be ignored just as long as its your supervisor’s idea.
3M emphasizes listening. Not actually communicating, but rather going through the motions, Blue notes will be repeatedly stressed but ignored unless they are ones management produced themselves... Then they are an immediate priority. Projects that affect your own job won’t be communicated until they’re actually happening s
ProsStale popcorn on employee appreciation day, sympathetic coworkers who also know just how dysfunctional management is
ConsMushroom Management, irregular schedule, non existent training
I saw a few reviews on the Brookings plant here and thought I would add some feedback of my own.
Having only been with the company since 2007 I don't have the experience some have had, but let's start with the basics... it's by far the best paying job in town, with the best working conditions. A medical products plant that is temperature controlled, with ample length breaks (albeit a break room and parking lot that need to be larger with expanded lunch and vending options)
There's a bit of retirement pains going on right now, as many employees that have been at the plant since the beginning are retiring, in large numbers, all at once, so with the new employees comes learning pains... old time operators telling me that it used to take forever just to get 'postings' to run machines that new hires can now get right off the street. New operators training new operators combined with attainment rate pressures will lead to some quality issues. Corporate seems to be offering 'buyouts' which are speeding this process along.
Also a bit of a culture change as well, as old timers are used to constant overtime, whereas new timers don't want to be at work every weekend, week after week. Some of us got lucky and landed 4-crew positions which eliminate a lot of this overtime. Others don't like the rotating 12 hour shifts, so they take the 3 crew positions, which end up being 'level 3' every other weekend all year. Generally you are not required to work more than a 50 hour per wee
● Work-life balance
They force too much OT, especially during the summer. The worst part is, a lot of the time, they don't even need people. Management could care less about you and your time.
● Pay & benefits
Pay is decent...but the state of Illinois keeps raising taxes every year, and the insurance company raises premiums and covers less and less. Cost of living is out of control, but that is everywhere.
● Job security and advancement
Training and advancement are a joke. This is a kiss butt boy's club. Most managers are terrible with communication and are very underqualified. I am sure they do this on purpose, so Upper management isn't challenged.
They are simply the worst managed company ever. Management is full of poor communication, "Yes - men", ungrateful people who cling to their spot. Most are bipolar, which helps cause a revolving door of employees.
They use a very poor productivity system with shoddy equipment and one of the worst warehouse management systems in the business. The environment is similar to a prison with very short breaks and lunches.
3M is full of bad management, terrible Human Resources, awful training, no leadership, favoritism, no recognition, and a prison-like environment. They have a non-sensical productivity system and point systems that "weed" out people unless you happen to be kissing management's butt or that you happen to know someone in higher positions. Management has no clue who to manage
Contract work there for years and never be treated like a real employee.
3M -Hires many contract workers but they rarely hire them permanently. They hire lots of contract workers so their books ("buckets") look better. As a contract worker, you will almost never be invited to company meetings, employee picnics, etc. This only creates an unfair work environments and the bad overall moral in the company. It's like someone in a meeting said one day "Hey, I got a great way to save money and maximize stockholders earnings, let's hire a bunch of high quality people at low wages through a temporary service company, make them think they are low rank employee material and then keep them here for years dangling a carrot above them making them think they will actually become a 3M employee some day". I am just saying.....
Your benefits are dependent on the contracting firm you work for, and most of the time the benefits are minimal - all for the sake of 3M stockholders/permanent employee benefits. You can't save for retirement working under these minimizing conditions, so it leaves little to be desired career wise. I quit 3M.
When they need a new person to fill a position, they will most likely pull from within the 3M employee network of people looking for work instead of looking outside - don't be fooled by the job postings because you can be sure most of these positions will be filled internally. My suggestion is don't bother even applying at this place. I worked there for 7 years on several different occasions, applied for many positions over
Can't ask HR for help as they redirect your questions or concern directly back to your chain of command even though you have already addressed these concerns with them and nothing has gotten done. Either that or they will just ignore every email you give them. If you decide to go see them in person you'll be punished for leaving your area of work. If you have a good idea for change that's disregarded because you're only a lowly production worker. Unless it's a good profitable idea. Then they'll pass it on to who it needs to go to and they will take all the credit and you won't even receive a thank you. Getting punished for a machine's malfunction is a common occurrence. Even if the policy is being followed and they notice something they don't like, they'll make something up on the spot to make sure you're punished for it. You know that it's wrong for them to punish you for it and want to go to HR but they'll again ignore you or they'll justify the made up rules not anywhere in the policy. Huge amounts of jobs cut and employees relocated within the location because of budget. Minimal communication between management and employees. So if something changes and you're not notified of it, you'll receive punishment for not doing what you weren't communicated to do. But then turn around and hire a copious amount of employees. Seen a lot of good contract workers who wanted full time get shut down or replaced with someone off the street or just flat out denied a full time position. Ev
Each day at 3M was a different experience. We receive product in, put it away, print out orders, fill the orders and load up the trailers. I fully enjoyed learning each job function and being a versatile member of the team.
I learned time management and responsibility in the six years I was with the company. They offered a lot of daily overtime, and weekend work. There were times where we could work seven days a week, and up to twelve hours a day. It took some balancing, but I was able to keep a healthy lifestyle and work a maximum number of hours.
Management at 3M was ever changing. They would bring in good team players, and in about a year, we would have a new campus manager or building manager. Its hard on employees to go through this cycle every few years, and become familiar with all the new policies and ideas brought fourth. I would like to work for a company where managers want to stay and build lasting relationships with their coworkers.
Workplace culture really depends on who you talk to. I was always happy to be at work, and to spend my days with coworkers who turned into friends, who turned into family. I like to bring happiness wherever I go, and have plenty to share. Some people seen working in the warehouse as a prison, but I truly loved every minute of it and I look forward to joining another warehouse team.
The hardest part of the job, for me, was leaving the company. I had been living in Illinois for six years, and I was ready to move back to Texa
ProsGreat 401K and Stock programs
ConsMandatory overtime almost every holiday weekend
I worked as a temp for my first factory experience. I picked it up really fast because I had seasoned workers that were switching shifts training me. The department supervisor made this job so much worse than it should have been. The work and hours are not unbearable. In fact, it was pretty easy in my department. Our pace started picking up for the season, and instead of scheduling us for a set schedule, the next 3 months were awful because the supervisor pretty much avoided telling us what our hours were and let the whole department argue over what would work for the amount of labor we needed to cover. Meanwhile, we were told the day of or before to come in early, stay late, work 12 hr shifts, all because they needed the work done but nobody was actually scheduled to do it. Many people transferred departments and quit because of the craziness. I quit when the new "set schedule" was supposed to be out on the Friday before the following week, which was unscheduled, and instead of a schedule they just let me know what next week was. I wouldn't know what shift I was working, how many hours, or with who. Not even the full timers did.
Also, I trained a temp very shortly after I was deemed sufficient on my own. The seasoned workers were not there to help so I trained him on my own with maybe a month experience. He was a very difficult person to work with and I am a very patient person. I have never seen anyone like this. Regardless, I trained him with all the knowledge I had, a
3M Valley NE: Running a cottage industry abusing federal law & employees
Working as an “899 employee” for 3M in Valley, NE is an experience I will never forget. 3M intentionally takes advantage of and abuses federal law by using the law to hire only “temps” (who they don’t have to pay benefits to & can only work 899 hours before having to give benefits or terminate). At that point, they terminate you and IMMEDIATELY hire another temp. This is against the law. They have made a cottage industry of this and are abusing the intent of the federal law. They openly don’t care & actually have perm employees dedicated to nothing but cycling temps in and out on a constant basis. Again, this type of behavior is not the intent of federal law.
In other words – they NEED FULLTIME EMPLOYEES BUT ARE ABUSING FEDERAL LAW BY REPEATEDLY HIRING TEMPS TO AVOID PAYING EMPLOYEES BENEFITS OR MAKING THEM FULL TIME. Talk about un-American, unlawful and just plain inhuman to good people hoping to live the American Dream by starting low, working hard & being recognized for it by obtaining full time employment (or at least having an honest chance at it). IN ONE SHIFT I CAN MAKE THOUSANDS AND THOUSAND OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PRODUCT…..AND FOR THIS I CAN ONLY MAKE 90 DOLLARS AND CHANGE (with no benefits)……… AND JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, GET KICKED TO THE CURB AFTER THEY USE AND MISLED ME. This kind of corporate behavior is not all that far from slavery….they know no one can live on 10.66 an hour and they go into the relationship with the premeditated intent to use you for
ProsYou make enough money to drive to work, (if you already owned a car because you sure couldn't buy one on these slave wages!!)
Constreated like a prisoner at work, locked down, security at the door, authoritarian - just a place that will be like a lead weight on your shoulders, every minute you are there you are used
3M offers some of the best wages and benefits in the area requiring very little experience. Most of your days will be spent picking product for customers and readying it for shipment. Starting employees will likely use a riding electric pallet jack vehicle to pick individual cartons to a pallet as a Job Grade 4 employee. The vast majority of these cartons will be well under 50lbs., and those that are heavier should be lifted with help.
Employees in good standing will have the opportunity to post for advancement to a reach truck forklift operator (generally a Job Grade 5 position) when those positions are available. These positions are awarded based primarily on seniority and most people can expect to advance to such a position in 8 to 12 months depending on the turnover rate and business needs. Advancement to this position does include a healthy bump in pay.
Beyond that there are a few opportunities for lead operators and supervisors. A college degree is required for a supervisor position and some others. Expect to start on second or third shift. It may take years to get to first shift as anything other than a Job Grade 4.
Benefits include health, dental, vision, matching 401k, and the option to purchase 3M stock at a 15% discount off current market rate.
Each building has a decidedly different vibe. Some buildings/shifts have a more negative attitude throughout . If you can rise above this with a positive attitude and strong work ethic you will do well, but it c
Great compensation and benefits package, but poor employee/management relations
Overall, 3M is a good company to work for. They pay competitive and livable wages and offer an incredible benefits package. The plant I work in is very clean and environmental friendly and safety is pushed daily ensuring that I will be able to do my work in a safe environment. There is also ample opportunity to change jobs via their posting system. However, there are some issues with this company that make going in to work a less than thrilling experience. One of the major issues is the excessively large management group. Just in my plant alone there is four levels of management, with the lowest level having no real power or ability to do anything. This means that in order to have an issue resolved, it must go through four levels of people before it can even be considered (though some less major issues can be done by the third, and in rare cases the second, level of management). This of course leads to multiple months to pass before anything can be done about the issue. Even if this issue is causing production issues, it takes quite some time to be addressed. During this period, production is still held responsible to produce and high levels despite faulty or malfunctioning equipment. There is also the matter of long hours and rotating shift work that is outdated and extremely unhealthy. Long hours can be fixed by increasing employment levels, and to some extent they have been increasing personnel, but this is mostly overlooked. Because of this, overtime is requi
ProsGreat pay and benefits, clean and safe work environment
ConsShift work, long hours, sometimes excessive overtime, convoluted management
Questions And Answers about 3M
If you were in charge, what would you do to make 3M a better place to work?
Asked Jun 12, 2018
Treat your employees fairly, promote from within. Higher Management that have a technical background. Training Training Training!
Answered Apr 6, 2021
3M is one of the highest quality manufactured products of all time. Ordered by amazon 50 fr L.E.D lights on time in mint condition. Highly operable and easy to use
Eastern Long Island UPSer pleased with in time delivery used in operations of facility packages collaboratively delivered
Highly satisfied consumer and user of 3m products.
Answered Jan 20, 2021
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at 3M?
Asked May 2, 2017
Don't waste your time
Answered Oct 22, 2020
Just be yourself and be positive.
Answered Mar 4, 2020
How are the working hours at 3M?
Asked Jul 4, 2016
Working hours are dependent upon your role and location, but a standard workday in our corporate offices is eight hours. In the United States, Alternative Work Schedules may be available with the permission of your supervisor. Common AWSs for non-production salaried employees include four 10-hour days per workweek, four nine-hour days and one half-day per workweek, four nine-hour days and one day every other workweek, three 12-hour days and one half-day per workweek and three 12-hour days and one day every other workweek. Common AWSs for non-production non-salaried employees include four 10-hour days per workweek, four nine-hour days and one half-day per workweek or three 12-hour days and one half-day per workweek.
Answered Jun 24, 2019
Normal Working Hours, Extremely Feasible.
Answered Apr 9, 2019
What benefits does 3M offer?
Asked Jun 27, 2016
Stress management coach's because the place drives the employees crazy.
Answered Jan 29, 2020
3M provides a wide variety of high-quality benefits, including paid time off; parental leave; disability, health care and relocation benefits; life insurance; personal savings; and a retirement program. Additionally, 3M offers many resources, rewards and incentives to help you live your best, both physically and financially. Examples include on-site fitness centers, stress management coaching, tuition reimbursement and support for community involvement. For more information on 3M’s benefits, please visit the Benefits section of our Careers page.
Answered Jun 24, 2019
Do they verify education on the back ground check?
Asked Jul 30, 2017
We typically look back seven years on the background check. HireRight runs the checks based on the candidate’s name, date of birth, social security number and current / previous addresses.
Answered Jun 24, 2019
They did not call any of my previous employers but they did call my university - usually its the other way round! Otherwise yes, full background, criminal, and drug screen. Will be impossible to get in if you've had a DUI or more serious.