MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
142 Reviews
3.1
142 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting job, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A good company to help develop your engineering skills.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked at MWV for 2 years

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your knowledge and your team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Compassionate, ethical but not performance driven

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    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.

  7.  

    Good company

    • 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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern

    Pros

    Beautiful building with great amenities (gym, cafeteria, coffee and fridge on every floor), work/life balance encouraged with reasonable hours (nine to five), very friendly people who encourage you to dig deeper, opportunity to find a great mentor

    Cons

    Office culture is not as collaborative and creative as I would have liked it to be; however, I believe the company is making strides towards a more collaborative work environment. The corporate culture makes it difficult to get new ideas through the pipeline and the departments feel siloed leading to redundancy.

  9.  

    Design in a corporate setting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great city
    Nice building
    Lots of people, positions to learn from
    Young people
    Some travel
    Shop scape, 3D printing capabilities

    Cons

    Lots of overtime in an underpaid field
    Not a very creative environment
    Business casual dress code
    Can be lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design and innovation should be celebrated, rather than required to fit in with the corporate mold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's what you make of it

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities if you know how to promote and speak up for yourself. They make a lot of great, interesting products and are quite driven to be the best. Beautiful work environment with a great culture. Cafeteria, gym, coffee shop, free parking. The people are really wonderful. If you put a lot of effort into working here and you get involved (i.e., networking), you'll probably enjoy it. There are a lot of opportunities for personal career development.

    Cons

    You must know how to play the "corporate game" to get ahead and have to know people, instead of just work very hard. HR is absolutely useless, with the exception of probably two people. Pay is only middle-of-the-road, among similarly sized companies. Recent layoffs were devastating to several departments and there are a lot of rumors about the future of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little" people. Go below the heads of businesses and even their direct reports. You're losing a lot of great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly with nice benefits

    Cons

    Upper management is removed from lower folks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more approachable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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