MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
110 Reviews

3.0
110 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
John A. Luke Jr.
59 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
  • 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay, but limited opportunities for advancement.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  2.  

    Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  3.  

    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH

    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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  5.  

    It's what you make of it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    Great company, talented employees, sometimes slow to act.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Global environment. Salary structure and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Necessary, but very painful restructuring recently occurred. A lot of talent left the company, leaving. Company seems to be searching for direction and takes action long after it should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bolder. Take action and don't hesitate. MeadWestvaco does not integrate new acquisitions very quickly. They let them drift for years before they finally take action.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cooperate Family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resource  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resource in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    This is a company that has the cooperate feel but a family environment. You really don't feel a separation in titles. You can be on the elevator one day with the CEO or a manager of a business unit and you would never tell by how they interact with you. Fitness driven company with great potential.

    Cons

    Still feeling things out. A lot of changes, so understanding the makeup of the company is difficult to figure out right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn your field and what your team does. Be able to do what your team members can do so you have a better understanding of the workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging and Stable Company

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer

    Pros

    Very good systems and processes versus other companies.

    Cons

    The company needs to realize that employment is 'local'...just couldn't compete with other local companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees in your external plants and locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it was blessed, with trials that was expected and stumbling blocks that was no expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    no comments at this time

    Cons

    no comments at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    close to my end, I would see some carring in the upper management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great co-op program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They really take care of you. Accommodation and reimbursements for relocation was very helpful.

    Cons

    There are the really busy days and the days where you don't do too much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    MWV has provided an excellent environment for me to grow and learn new things. Everyday offers a new challenge.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technology Solutions Analyst  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technology Solutions Analyst in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Very conservative company that is not known for widespread downsizing and typically will only do so as a last resort. Provides a pension (cash balance) plan, 401K match, and matches money put into HSAs.

    Cons

    Selective development of employees, not all employees get a fair crack at advancement and development oportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the talent level of your team and always continue to challenge them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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