3M culture and what makes us unique

Life with 3M

5 Reasons 3Mers Love Working Here

Choosing where to start and grow your career is an important part of your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company you choose supports and nurtures you in return. Here are five reasons why 3Mers love working here and on average, stay with the company for 10 years.

  • 3M making a difference in the world with sustainability
    Make a Difference in the World

    Here, we collaborate using science and technology to address global challenges, improve lives and help create a better world. 3M launches approximately 1,000 new products each year, and as of 2019, every new product will be required to have a Sustainability Value Commitment that demonstrates how it drives impact for the greater good.

  • 3M is a leading company for careers and jobs
    Be Part of a Leading Company

    Here, you will be part of a global company that has been leading the way for more than 116 years because we move fast, embrace change and remain ethically sound. You will find inspired opportunities in industries including health care, industrial, electronics, transportation and consumer.

  • 3M has flexible employment and career opportunities
    Work with the Best and Brightest

    Here, you will discover an inclusive culture and will collaborate with other curious, creative minds who, throughout 3M’s history, have helped introduce more than 55,000 products across a range of industries. In fact, each year, roughly 3,000 patents are issued to 3M worldwide.

  • 3M is a leader in career development and growth
    Grow Through Challenging Work

    At 3M, asking “what if” is way of life. Whether you’re working in one of our labs, offices, manufacturing facilities or research centers, you will be learning, growing, and doing challenging, rewarding work that benefits you and 3M.

  • 3M is a pay for performance company
    Be Rewarded for Your Efforts

    3M rewards you for excellence. We are a “pay for performance” company: The more you contribute to 3M’s success, the more success you create for yourself. We offer a competitive base pay, and a wide range of benefits and discounts designed to help you live your best.

Core Elements to 3M's Culture

  • Video: Hear from 3M employees about the 15% culture

    15% Culture

    For more than 70 years, 3M’s unique 15% Culture has encouraged employees to set aside a portion of their work time to proactively cultivate and pursue innovative ideas that excite them.

    While coordinating with their manager to ensure day-to-day responsibilities are still executed, employees get the space to try something new and different, think creatively and challenge the status quo.

    Whether it’s experimenting with a new technology, forming a special interest group around a fresh idea or finding a new way to run a process, our 15% Culture gives employees in all areas the license to innovate.

  • Video: Lori Prioleau describes her experience with flexible working at 3M


    When and where do you do your best work? What could you do differently to achieve your goals at work and at home? At 3M, you can rework your schedule based on YOU.

    Here, we offer simple, individual arrangements between each 3Mer and their supervisor for a flexible work practice that maximizes professional and personal productivity.

    FlexAbility puts into practice a new way of thinking: that your work life and your personal life can coexist. A FlexAbility plan can put the power in your hands to make choices that benefit you, your work, your team, your friends and family, and 3M.

  • Video: Learn about what mentorships offer at 3M


    At 3M, wisdom is shared. Just as we share and combine our technologies, we also share and combine our knowledge through mentorship and storytelling. We define mentoring as a unique relationship in which a mentor (a more experienced person) helps a mentee (a less experienced person) with their development in a particular area.

    From executive, regional and functional mentoring to cause-based and informal, 3M offers a mentorship opportunity appropriate virtually for every individual. We value your unique career journey and want each employee to learn and grown in a nurturing, challenging and respectful environment. We understand the important role that relationship-based development can play in helping employees navigate 3M culture, environment, opportunities and more.

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