MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
114 Reviews
3.0
114 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
John A. Luke Jr.
63 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mebane, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC

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

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    Advancement 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say  in  Cottonton, AL
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say in Cottonton, AL

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

    Pros

    salary, alot of overtime pretty good benefits and retirement

    Cons

    orientation, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not all people learn at the same time and orientation needs to be adjusted for the individual and according to his or her industrial experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Meh.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Building 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    While 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Mickey Mouse Paper Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    1. 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ok but miss managed

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Winfield, KS
    Current Employee - Technician in Winfield, KS

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    plant 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 ManagementAdvice

    change 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My review

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    Current Employee - An Employee  in  Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - An Employee in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Of 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management in Richmond - Good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's what you make of it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for 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
  10.  

    Analyst

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

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for 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
  11.  

    Long term employee always proud to represent MWV

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Richmond, CA

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

    Pros

    MWV understands it's obligation to shareholders. The mix of products and strategies is continually updated to match the global market. A One MWV mindset is part of the culture.

    Cons

    Everyone must take personal responsibility to see a career path for themselves and use mentoring networks to make it happen. Bringing value is the key to longevity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am very excited about the future at MWV. Recent additions to senior leadership bring a great combination of proven success to move us forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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