MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
115 Reviews
3.0
115 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
John A. Luke Jr.
64 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, work-life balance, great work culture (in 6 reviews)

  • Stable company with good benefits and opportunities for people who earn them (in 10 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 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a good company at one time

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    • 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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    More challenges ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Thank goodness I left.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Challenging culture

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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation. Great city. Very competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Brutal environment particularly for supporting functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Careers: Culture section of the company website. It is not reflective of the reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stable company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Low Moor, VA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Low Moor, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Above average wages. Adequate health care benefits. $401K with employer matching and pension plan. Opportunity to move up fairly quickly. Stable company.

    Cons

    Permanent rotating shift work, the Southern Swing Rotation at this plant. The work is inherently dangerous, can require a lot of mandatory overtime and can be very hot (100+) in the summertime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work Life Balance is non existent. Structure is archaic

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

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Too many cliques. Not in the "cool" crowd, you will not succeed.
    Unnecessary travel for things that could be handled by teleconference or other cutting edge technology available to all of the employees.
    NO WORK LIFE BALANCE AT ALL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the sourcing organization there has been feedback from exit interviews about how rude the group is and how cliqish it is, with no changes. Stop being a part of the problem management and be a part of the solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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