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A big part of my job in Mobile Interactive Solutions is looking for new product ideas, learning about new technologies, and listening to what customers need. It’s great to see how my division’s technologies and products can help all over the world.
Since I watch out for market trends—anticipating what people will want to do in two to five years—I get to travel to Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and other countries to understand new technologies and how we might be able to use them in our products. And I get to work with smart people who are excited about new technology development.
When I started my job search after college, I had a lot of interviews with other companies. Going into every interview, I felt like I was a stranger. Then, when I interviewed at 3M, people were welcoming and friendly, and I felt right at home. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a process engineer, or be in quality or product engineering. I understood that if I didn’t like what I was doing, I could change and do something else. Here, I thought I could continue to grow and change.
What I like most about 3M is the innovation. I usually have four to five projects going on at a time, so there’s always something interesting to learn.
I used to work as a sales representative for a dental company that was one of 3M ESPE’s primary competitors. I learned an important lesson back then: it’s tough to sell against 3M.
Now that I’m working here, I see it even more clearly. 3M is an innovative machine, always coming out with new, high quality products that deliver what they promise. I love being in a place that listens to my ideas and encourages me to take risks. That’s what makes selling for 3M so rewarding. And my family agrees. My father retired from 3M after 36 years in sales and marketing, and my brother is working here as an ESPE marketing manager—after I told him how great the division is.
After two internships with 3M during college, I started in a full-time position once I earned my Packaging Engineering degree. I worked here for six years and decided I was ready for a change. I took a job at another company, but after a few years, I realized that I missed 3M and all the opportunities here. I missed knowing that if I had a question or a problem, I could find an expert down the hall that could help me. I even missed all the small perks we have here on campus—the onsite medical clinic and a fitness center.
It all adds up to a great professional environment that I didn’t really appreciate before. I returned to 3M, and now I’m recruiting college students to work here. I feel like my experience helps me share with them how unique 3M really is.
I grew up in nearby Stillwater, Minnesota, always wanting to work at 3M. So in college, I was thrilled to get a 15-week summer sales internship. It was fantastic. The 3M Frontline Education Partnership was and is a first-class internship experience. I felt like a trusted, full-time employee at age 21. It solidified my desire to go into sales with 3M.
After college, I followed that path, working for nine years as a sales rep and a healthcare specialist in 3M’s Building and Commercial Services Division. I gained valuable experience listening to customers and finding new solutions to the challenges they were facing.
Today, I’m the sales trainer for our division. I get to share ideas with other sales trainers across divisions, often across global boundaries—including travel to 3M Brazil. And things have come full circle for me. I’m mentoring the current Frontline sales interns and working with 3M’s college/university partners.
Corporate Strategic Business Development
Danette Andley / Global Marketing Manager
When I was an MBA student, I had a valuable summer internship with 3M’s Corporate Strategic Business Development (SBD) department. After graduation, I was offered an analyst position in SBD, managing a portfolio of projects that ranged from business model design and brand management to pricing analysis and international business.
Even though I am now in a new role as the Global Marketing Manager for the IV Site Business in the Skin and Wound Care Division, I continue to be engaged with the program as a mentor and coach to current participants.
The SBD program was a great way to make connections, and I have found that being involved with 3M’s Women’s Leadership Network, an employee resource that provides women with also helps me to network and find opportunities to develop professionally in a variety of ways. I’ve held several leadership roles in the network, and it even led me to learn about the current job that I have.