MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
140 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Stable company with good benefits and opportunities for people who earn them (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance good for some employees, but bad for others (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can become a problem (in 6 reviews)

  • Very poor senior management, bad decisions based on poor data has left this company very vulnerable (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    With the company 6+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, generally hard working and good people in the trenches

    Cons

    Massive matrix organization with multiple people managing everything causes there to be to many layers and much confusion. Even though B2B somehow think we need massive (and I mean massive) marketing and innovation groups. People think if you are not in office at 8 on dot and stay until 5:30 you are not working even in the day of constant email access. A bit old school and yes there is certainly the "old white male" syndrome of almost all senior management has been there for decades and unwilling to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify. Drive accountability and quit acting like you are a consumer brand company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Typical Wall Street led corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good ethics. Nice perks. One of few companies that offers pension and 401K. Above average match

    Cons

    Place people in roles that they don't have any experience in. Bring outsiders in without any experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees they're the reason you have a job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a good company at one time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There were some very talented and committed people in the past who were a joy to work with. Benefits were very good -- healthcare, 401k match, etc. Compensation very competitive. Made good but slow progress from a business model and strategy perspective over about a 5 year period. There are (or were) a few very good leaders.

    Cons

    The overall culture is quite bad, and it is all due to very poor and incompetent leadership, politics and cronyism. There is no trust whatsoever. Based on the extensive layoffs of some very talented people, keeping some very untalented people, and putting others into roles they know nothing about, it appears the rumors of an impending sale are true. All the good work to transform the organization has been completely eroded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't listen anyway. The few remaining good people are going to jump ship, or perhaps do well with the acquiring company. One can only hope that a certain few remaining "leaders" will finally get what's coming to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    looking to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent benefits, the people I work with are great

    Cons

    management are the worst. old company with dates philosophy and TERRIBLE culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire already! let some of the younger leadership have a chance to turn this company around!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    More challenges ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people are still working there after the 2014 position slashing's

    Cons

    The company is stripping away the value of good people and innovation to raise the stock price in order to sell it. It is all about appearances and has hired / promoted middle aged sorority girls to hold key positions to lessen it's good ole boys club image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is impossible to build a culture of trust when you exercise the right to withhold incentive pay and bonuses, while the top leadership exercises stock options worth multi-millions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, untrained middle management. "Old boy's club"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Engineering
    Current Employee - Manager of Engineering

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance good for some employees, but bad for others. It all depends on your relationship with your manager and his relationship with his manager. If you are willing to "play this game", then you are "home free", pun intended.

    Cons

    Bad benefits, particularly limited leave policies.
    Lack of defined career path and goals.
    "Old boy's club" atmosphere, minorities and women beware.
     Not "what you do for the company" but "who you know".
    Most employees unsatisfied and looking for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move into the 21st century, old school management techniques of intimidation and fear are demotivating to employees. resulting in high employee turnover rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Building and cafeteria were great. Good corporate citizen. Good pay. Very intelligent and creative people in marketing and the production facilities. Has the potential to do great things.

    Cons

    It's hampered by a "mom & pop" store type mentality. Culturally, it is about 30 years behind. You can't make up for good practices by developing a state of the art headquarters only - you need to invest in better people in managerial positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While there are some parts of the company that are managed extremely well and are excellent in their execution of people, ideas and product, there is a lot of work to be done. The "good ol'boy network" is alive and well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Uncertain future

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    In the past, high focus on employee development and quality of work was highly regarded.

    Cons

    Recent margin improvement program resulted in the elimination of hundreds of positions across the company with no consideration for level of talent being let go. People that are left are struggling to maintain the same quality of work with no support from management. Company appears to be leaning out the organization in an effort increase margins making it an attractive target for acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do something to motivate the remaining employees or they will all be walking out the door on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Beware :-)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Benefits + 401k
    Work hours
    Decent pay if you can negotiate well

    Cons

    No leadership. CEO relies on $$$ consultant to make decisions.
    Old school corporate. Gender/racial preferences.
    Their definition of cultural diversity = have a few african american people here and there.
    HR is incompetent at every level.
    IT managed poorly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Thank goodness I left.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, nice office, easy work.

    Cons

    Very poor senior management, bad decisions based on poor data has left this company very vulnerable. Leaders don't get it and are running the company into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to someone who will respect the company and it's employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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