MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
42 Reviews
3.0
42 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.  

    A good, upper mid level corporation for those starting work or those wanting to practice skills in corporate politics. o

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Lots of very talented employees. Generally good work/life balance. Stable stock exchange history.

    Cons

    Seems to be a bit of confusion about what they want to be when they grow up. And the mergers and acquisitions led to more corporate politics than I'd seen elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Co-op

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Process Engineer in Covington, VA
    Former Intern - Process Engineer in Covington, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern

    Pros

    Free Housing, great pay, love the feeling of not having to go to school, go to work and when the clock strikes 4 you can forget about everything. You get as much out of it as you put in. Can gain some really note worthy experience. Get your own work office. Really great upper management and head engineers - very knowledgeable and will help you out with an project work. Company really strives for quality over quantity.

    Cons

    Awful area. Working anywhere near a paper mill gives off a putrid odor. You won't notice it at times, then some windy days are worse than the others. While some people can be friendly, others can be nasty and very "old school". The company is driven by very old union workers and way of talking can be very offensive. Women beware. You're working in a paper company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the operators do the operating job, and let the engineers do the engineering work. Have less meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to Co-Op, but I'm not sure I'd work there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Process Control Co-Op
    Former Intern - Process Control Co-Op

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people were wonderful.
    There was an excellent safety-driven culture.
    The pay was reasonable.
    Paper is a stable industry in no immediate danger in the foreseeable future.
    It was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    There's got to be a better way of keeping staff "on-call".
    If you can be skapegoated, you will be skapegoated.
    There was a definite distrust between departments and management.
    Too may meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At my plant, an old Process Control engineer explained that plant management was cyclical.
    One guy would come in, see all the things needing repair and spend money fixing them. He'd get fired.
    The next guy would ride in to a shiny fixed up plant and spend very little if anything on maintenance. He'd get promoted.
    Then another fellow would come in and see things needing repair. And he'd spend money fixing them.
    Guess what happened.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    suffers from bad management and growth stagnation

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    Former Employee - Manager, Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager, Marketing in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    nice new headquarters and modern offices

    Cons

    bad management and continuous downsizing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical big confused company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people I work along side with are good at what they do.

    Cons

    Detached from the realities. Can't speak up, or you'll get dismissed and be an outsider quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the 'ole boy' mentality. Start w/ the CEO. Too many consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    manageable work load and nice work environment.

    Cons

    too many managers and layers

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    MWV-Richmond

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, great office environment

    Cons

    No career development. good old boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider actually talking with employees rather than sending surveys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great pay to entice living in the area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Get to be very self-directed, there are many opportunities for improvement, it is easy to move up, and relative to the industry there is still a lot of investment in this facility.

    Cons

    Little to no formal training, if in production there is no work/life balance, it is almost impossible to get anything to change (culture,) there are a lot of responsibilities that are out of your control, would not assume getting a bonus (has trouble meeting goals,) Union can be difficult to work with and the supervisors came up through the union making it more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get supervisors that can actually get work done, prioritize tasks, and hold people accountable. The manager promotions through union workers leaves a lot to be desired and a large gap compared to competitors. Managers that come up through the union jobs have a large difficulty planning and stepping aside from the operator/maintenance work, essentially leaving the managerial position unattended.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    Advancement 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say in Cottonton, AL
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say in Cottonton, AL

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    salary, alot of overtime pretty good benefits and retirement

    Cons

    orientation, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not all people learn at the same time and orientation needs to be adjusted for the individual and according to his or her industrial experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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