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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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3.4 106 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.

John A. Luke Jr.

(56 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • Very poor senior management, bad decisions based on poor data has left this company very vulnerable(in 8 reviews)

  • Indecisive leadership in some senior levels; still very old school in thinking and decision making;(in 7 reviews)

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    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mebane, NC

    ProsPay is good, people are nice, current Management seems to listen to employee feedback and works towards solving any issues that need addressed. In the past, if you didn't like something they just showed you the door out.

    ConsAdvancement does not come quickly. The Folding Carton business is made up of many skilled trade jobs, and it takes time to acquire these skills. Many positions are therefore filled from outside instead of within the company, leaving you at the bottom of the seniority ladder. No training processes for internal advancement.
    Hours can be very long at times, 12 and 8 hr. shifts 6-7 days a week at times for months, you just never really know.

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    If trained properly it can be an excellent job...

    Do Not Want to Say (Current Employee) Cottonton, AL

    Prossalary, alot of overtime pretty good benefits and retirement

    Consorientation, the way you are trained for my particular department needs to be revamped. I was tolded you mostly learn as you go. Well that leaves alot of room for mistakes which are not tolerated at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot all people learn at the same time and orientation needs to be adjusted for the individual and according to his or her industrial experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok but miss managed

    Technician (Current Employee) Winfield, KS

    Prosair conditioning works fairly well MWV gives lots of vacation and benefits from the first day

    Consplant is not managed well. Attendance is a point system that makes no since what so ever. Too many chiefs not enough Indians. Pay is below national average. Medical Benefits are expensive without much coverage.

    Advice to Senior Managementchange attendance policy, it cost too many employees. We are running two many product lines with not enough people and machines. get back to safety being at the top of the priority list. raise wages for the skilled labor maintenance assembly techs mold tech etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An Employee (Current Employee) Charleston, SC

    ProsI believe this organization has made the correct decisions over the past 5-years that will continue the growth trajectory and deliver the results that are expected with any organization. Strong management in Richmond though some tough decisions have had to be addressed with past mergers and divestitures. Financially strong, conservative principles. Great benefits.

    ConsOf the bottom 3 manager's that I'd rate as poor leaders, 2 of these leaders have been in this organization. Close circle networks can lead to promotion of individuals based on who knows who as opposed to who is best suited for the promotion. Can be very political. Yes, that's the case in most companies yet this one takes all the ribbons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr. Management in Richmond - Good job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Make sure you fit their "Corporate Mold".

    Analyst (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsThe people were great. Opportunity to travel, opportunity to learn all aspects of the business.

    ConsThe people. Old boys club mentality. Eventually outsourced many operations duties which I suspect was the plan all along.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company but work to many hours

    Feeder Operator (Former Employee) Mebane, NC

    ProsGreat Benefits, nice pay, friendly atmosphere

    Conswork 6-7 days a week, 12 hour shifts, hard to get moved to another shift

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you are a self starter, this is the place for you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGood company to work for if you are a self starter with limited supervision. Diverse business portfolio. Good opportunity to move around the company.

    ConsCompany politics. You need to play the games in order to get promoted. No flexible work hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do a better job recognizing people's accomplishments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many Lost Opportunities for Improvement

    Various Positions In the Company (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGreat benefits in a world of shrinking health care and retirement benefits offered employees.
    Flexible work environment.
    Nice corporate facility with Cafeteria, Starbucks and Fitness Center.
    Free parking for employees in secured parking deck.
    Human resources has invested in a Training/Employee Development department - much needed.
    Experience in a Global Company working with many different business partners world wide.
    Intelligent coworkers who are driven, productive and committed to company goals.

    Cons"Good ol' boy" system still exists in certain departments especially when the departments have legacy employees from mill sites.
    Certain groups are not open to process improvements and employee initiatives are not supported especially when it opens the doors to questionable practices by a department.
    Human resources hiring practices tend to be on a "who you know" instead of "what you know" practice. Some people are hired without the right qualifications and ultimately cannot perform to expectations.
    Long hours for lower, exempt workers who are expected to perform more than 40 hours a week and are not fairly compensated as the non-exempt employees who get paid overtime. Many work from home and sacrifice personal time to get the job done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees who are not at the management level for insight on best practices, issues, fair solutions and ethical evolution of the work environment. These are the backbone of the corporation and their knowledge is beyond compare when it comes to the details. An inclusive atmosphere is vital to employees knowing their value and contribution to the goals of the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I expected more

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) Alexandria, PA

    ProsWhen I started there it was "THEE" place to work in our small town, and it was just MEAD. It was hard physical work but it came with good pay and great benefits. There was a great working atmosphere. I liked my job. Then they merged with Westvaco and it became just a job. After 20 years I left, I had become just a number, making about the same money I made 20 yrs before.

    ConsThey pay you just enough to keep you, and they do not care about personally it is all about the bottom line. And I am not sure they can find the bottom line. So not only did I feel under appreciated I felt I worked for a company with no heart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can't figure it out....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ehh

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsPaid decently, free parking. I don't know what else to say here.

    ConsCompany culture or lack therof, leadership, buttkissing and politics, overcrowded building and department. I worked with some awesome people who were excellent at what they did, just wish the people in charge did less to make things miserable for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of everyone in power (i.e. yourselves) and bring in some less egotistical visionary young people. Also the HR department has got to go. They serve little practical purpose.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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