MeadWestvaco
3.4 of 5 89 reviews
www.meadwestvaco.com Richmond, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 8, 2014

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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.

John A. Luke Jr.

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company, talented employees, sometimes slow to act.

Analyst (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA

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

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

ConsNecessary, 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cooperate Family

Human Resource (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA

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

ProsThis 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn 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.

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

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Challenging and Stable Company

Process Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than a year

ProsVery good systems and processes versus other companies.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees in your external plants and locations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great co-op program

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern for less than a year

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

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

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

Prosno comments at this time

Consno comments at this time

Advice to Senior Managementclose to my end, I would see some carring in the upper management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Senior Technology Solutions Analyst (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA

I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the talent level of your team and always continue to challenge them.

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

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Learned all the things a mechanical engineer should know

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at MeadWestvaco as an intern

ProsGreat Experience at the mill
Good Pay for an intern
Housing is provided

ConsNot the most friendly people or culture
Covington, VA is boring
One-Dimensional thinking in some parts

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the culture. You know what to do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good work challenges, many good people, a little too cautious at times.....

Director (Former Employee)
Richmond, VA

I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMWV has high ethical standards. In general, leadership is willing to listen to new ideas in most departments. There are some very successful businesses within the company.

ConsCorporate headquarters is a 'meeting-driven' culture. There are many professional 'meeting attenders' in Richmond. Information often seems to be over-filtered or over-messaged on its way to the top of the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo a little more 'ground-truthing' on the information that you are being given. Continue with most of your initiatives. The company has a lot of potential to build on its current success.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great deal

Intern (Former Employee)
Richmond, VA

I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern for less than a year

ProsSmaller plants, lots of opportunity for engineers, pretty good benefits, pay is decent. Pretty easy going work environment, and coworkers are good to work with.

ConsThe plants are pretty dirty and grungy, not the best safety record. A lot of the jobs are very labor intensive and working long hours.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Apparently could be a lot worse....

Leadership Associate (Former Employee)
Richmond, VA

I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 8 years

Prosexcellent company vision, aggressive drive to achieve goals, reasonable bonus opportunity, good employee development if you meet the criteria. still offers better benefits than most. Very high level of integrity at corporate and individual levels. Environmental protection is deadly serious, as it should be and same for safety.
Transition from paper company to packaging supplier in transition. Morale good. Leadership heard from frequently about performance and safety. Good effort to make international presence known in South America, Europe and China.

Conssalaries tied to "market based compensation" or, in other words, they use the salary data that supports what they offer. If it differs from other data, then it is dismissed as faulty. Operating unit, or division leadership variable quality. Location morale in the toilet for some, top shelf for others.
Corporate overhead growing monthly. More vice-presidents than a bank, unknown number of managers, directors and VP's involved with strategy at all levels. Confusing and unknown value.
Political maneuvering worthy of a knife fight. Obvious star tracks and cast offs. Middle of the road for all but a few. Old timers appear to hold a lot of knowledge about doing business but succession planning doesn't appear to value them much.
Employee turnover encouraged. Every year up to 10% of salary workforce is, in theory, supposed to be replaced or moved another job. Intent is to skew Bell curve toward top end.
Punitive culture in most locations admitted to by some employees by unscientific sample. Toe the line and speak the company speak; you will do fine. Disagree vocally or on paper and see what happens.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of Richmond and visit locations. Hold town hall meetings and be seen. Company esprit de corps has been replaced with bottom line mentality. Good people now go home at 5:00 pm instead of drawing on pride of employment to stay and solve a problem.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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