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3M is an abrasives, adhesive tape and electronics manufacturer.

3m.com

Rating based on 32 employees who took the Breakroom Quiz

About jobs at 3M

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do 3M pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    100% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do 3M pay market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    80% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2021 and July 2023.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Good
  • Most people get paid breaks

    Do workers at 3M get paid breaks?

    Yes. Most people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    81% of people say they get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do 3M pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    88% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2021 and August 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at 3M do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    91% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Hours and flexibility

    Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do 3M workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    64% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at 3M?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    93% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at 3M?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    93% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 14 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Okay
  • Only some parents say it’s good

    Is working at 3M good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Only some parents and carer say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    50% of people who care for a child or other relative report this isn’t a good place to work.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between February 2021 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do people at 3M feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    69% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at 3M get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    94% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at 3M?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    75% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do people at 3M enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    67% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do people at 3M recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    50% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at 3M?

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    40% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at 3M?

    Most people aren’t given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 69% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think 3M head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    94% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 16 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Good
  • Most people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how 3M is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    67% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 15 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

How 3M ranks

3M ranks 5th to work for out of electronics manufacturers.

  1. 4 BSH Hausgeräte
    8.1
  2. 5 3M
    8.0
  3. 6= Hoover
    7.8

Rankings are based on Breakroom Ratings for employers with 5 or more Breakroom Quiz responses, accurate as of 19 April 2024.

3M job reviews

  • Best thing

    Site quality is the best around and the risk of injury is very low

    Worst thing

    The progression isn’t great and certain managers don’t listen to ideas that would benefit peoples lives. Also all the managers seem to be Friends of friends and the positions aren’t filled with people that are capable of doing the role.

    8.6

    3M Production operative, January 2023

  • Best thing

    They really care about our welfare

    Worst thing

    Can't think of anything

    10

    3M Machine operator, April 2021