MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Really great place to work

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

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are terrific. Management tries to make business decisions that take individuals and the personal into account.

    Cons

    All businesses will always have their fair share of corporate politics.

    Advice to Management

    Know when to pull the plug on projects

  2. Great and friendly workplace, corporate out of touch.

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    Former Intern - Process Engineer Co-Op in Cottonton, AL
    Former Intern - Process Engineer Co-Op in Cottonton, AL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing at Mead especially at the plant
    Relaxed work environment with good benefits

    Cons

    Corporate was out of touch with what decisions are necessary and may suffer financial losses
    Funding for projects was misallocated

    Advice to Management

    Send someone from corporate down to the plant for a week and truly understand what needs to be done.

  3. Leader in the paper industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market leadership position
    Right investment in innovation via patents

    Cons

    Low growth in the industry overall

    Advice to Management

    Diversify if possible

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  5. It was great, i learned invaluable lessons on this job and I cherish my time there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the shifts, 12 hours a day 3 days on, 2 days off, 2days on, 3 days off

    Cons

    There weren't many cons besides the fact they layed off employees

    Advice to Management

    The company valued the opinions of the employees and that meant a lot.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Good starting job, but...

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    Former Employee - R&D Researcher in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - R&D Researcher in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, good salary, beautiful labs for R&D
    This was a starting job for me, so at the time I had nothing to compare it to. What was good about it was the compensation (good, not great), the experience, and the people I worked with. Is paperboard sexy and fun? No, but it provides jobs. If you work in Richmond the facilities are awesome; gym, cafeteria, and state of the art labs for R&D.

    Cons

    Office culture, time-off policies
    What was not so great was the glaring fact that this is a public company; the perception of upper management is that they value stock price far greater than employees. The culture survey really illuminated that (it wasn't good). It's an old, conservative company run by old men (don't be surprised around November when they ask everyone to vote "with the company's interests in mind"). The culture is really the worst thing; talk to the employees who have been there 20+ years and you'll understand.
    The vacation policy is lousy; 2 weeks until you're there 5 years. Then oh boy an extra 5 days!
    What really irritated me though was getting laid off after years of stellar performance. And even worse were friends getting laid off that had put in over 10 years with the company! Cool, get rid of the guy who has had solid performance and is 60 years old. What was the need for layoffs after hiring on a large amount of people? Stock price. The most important thing for the leaders of the company. Don't EVER think they will value their employees more than that.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stop doing the big hirings followed by big layoffs. Try to value employees and not just shareholders. And stop being so short-sighted with R&D; it's not an instant pay-off investment.

  7. A good company to help develop your engineering skills.

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    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive. Employees are well informed of what is expected of them.

    Cons

    The biggest problem seems to be corporate headquarters interfering with production by not taking into account the effects of the changes they make on operations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the long term success by investing more in keeping equipment and software up to date.

  8. Worked at MWV for 2 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in the company are great. Very friendly and teamwork environment. Being a young employee I like that the atmosphere is young.

    Cons

    Management do not know their job as well as they should nor do they know what their team actually does.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your knowledge and your team.

  9. Compassionate, ethical but not performance driven

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    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, lots of travel. Strong operations.

    Cons

    Lack of vision in so many areas... Business units, M&A activity, Innovation/R&D. Finance. IT. Comm/Marketing/Branding. Strategy based on consultants' advice and no real inward view of building a future company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop a lot of the fluff, ie. competency - based reviews, etc. Become a pay for perfromance company and you will see results.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Decent pay, but limited opportunities for advancement.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    For the first couple years my department was made up of a really good group of people to work with. The local level VP is very open to new ideas & willing to listen to your concerns.

    Cons

    Recent job cuts at a corporate & changes in local leadership have not been positive. Removing experienced employees from key support positions makes it challenging to resolve new issues at the local level.

  11. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities. if you do well, they will take care of you, great people

    Cons

    old thinking, sometimes difficult to get things done on time

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