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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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3.4 106 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.

John A. Luke Jr.

(56 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Decent pay, but limited opportunities for advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFor 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.

    ConsRecent 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.

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    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mebane, NC

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsAdvancement 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.

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

    Do Not Want to Say (Current Employee) Cottonton, AL

    Prossalary, alot of overtime pretty good benefits and retirement

    Consorientation, 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 Senior ManagementNot all people learn at the same time and orientation needs to be adjusted for the individual and according to his or her industrial experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Project Specialist (Former Employee) Evadale, TX

    ProsNice people to work with. No Pressure working environment.

    ConsI did not get to work there very long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen issues arise talk with all parties at the same time to evaluate and determine how to proceed so that you will get the full picture and not just one side.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Internship Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeautiful 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

    ConsOffice 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.

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    Mickey Mouse Paper Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    Pros1. Nobody does any real work so it is an easy pay check.
    2. You can be late and leave early and work from home.
    3. Promotions are easy because everyone is abandoning ship.

    Cons1. Meeting driven without any action.
    2. Job titles mean more than work and results.
    3. Benefits and support are bottom of the barrel.
    4. You will be cut jobs if you're old or overpaid.
    5. Everything is outsourced, so nothing gets done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSelling to RockTenn would be the best thing for employees and stock holders alike. Management is incompetent and cannot support the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Meh.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBuilding and cafeteria were great. Good corporate citizen. Good pay. Very intelligent and creative people in marketing and the production facilities. Has the potential to do great things.

    ConsIt's hampered by a "mom & pop" store type mentality. Culturally, it is about 30 years behind. You can't make up for good practices by developing a state of the art headquarters only - you need to invest in better people in managerial positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile there are some parts of the company that are managed extremely well and are excellent in their execution of people, ideas and product, there is a lot of work to be done. The "good ol'boy network" is alive and well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok but miss managed

    Technician (Current Employee) Winfield, KS

    Prosair conditioning works fairly well MWV gives lots of vacation and benefits from the first day

    Consplant is not managed well. Attendance is a point system that makes no since what so ever. Too many chiefs not enough Indians. Pay is below national average. Medical Benefits are expensive without much coverage.

    Advice to Senior Managementchange attendance policy, it cost too many employees. We are running two many product lines with not enough people and machines. get back to safety being at the top of the priority list. raise wages for the skilled labor maintenance assembly techs mold tech etc.

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

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    My review

    An Employee (Current Employee) Charleston, SC

    ProsI believe this organization has made the correct decisions over the past 5-years that will continue the growth trajectory and deliver the results that are expected with any organization. Strong management in Richmond though some tough decisions have had to be addressed with past mergers and divestitures. Financially strong, conservative principles. Great benefits.

    ConsOf the bottom 3 manager's that I'd rate as poor leaders, 2 of these leaders have been in this organization. Close circle networks can lead to promotion of individuals based on who knows who as opposed to who is best suited for the promotion. Can be very political. Yes, that's the case in most companies yet this one takes all the ribbons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr. Management in Richmond - Good job!

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

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    It's what you make of it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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