MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    good culture good place to work

    Cons

    con is a pro - fast paced and dynamic place to work!


  2. Decent experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Pays overtime Housing paid for Gained project management skills worked independantly

    Cons

    Seems more like a Mechanical position Didn't apply chemical engineering principles Did a lot of paperwork


  3. Covington, VA, Carbon Plant - Specialty Chemicals Division

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team oriented atmosphere with many opportunities to develop. The work is satisfying because you can see the result of your hard work almost immediately. Covington, VA, is a beautiful location that offers many outdoor activities. There is a variety of places to live in a 30-40 mile radius from the plant from Lewisburg, WV; Lexington, VA; and Roanoke, VA.

    Cons

    45 min drive to work, but that's because I chose not to live in Covington.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage ideas from employees at all levels and invest in the ideas that will make a difference in safety, task effectiveness and efficiency (lean concepts), quality, and throughput.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Stay a few years and then move on

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on department you work in, good work-life balance. Beautiful building/facility (at least in Richmond, might not be around much longer after the merger). Nice cafeteria, gym, and coffee shop on-site. Parking garage is great too. This is a good place to work in the beginning to middle of your career to get extra experience and skill-sets.

    Cons

    Constantly decreasing benefits - I suppose this is the case with many companies, however in my 3+ years with the company, health insurance benefits decreased each year (or increased in cost). The 401k match was also recently removed - one of the prime reasons I started working for the company. Weak pay raises/bonuses cut for esoteric reasons - Expect to get around a 2% pay raise each year, even with a good annual review and record company performance. Also expect the company to say that you should be happy with a 2% raise after the company had its best year ever. Bonuses (at least for corporate) are based on meeting esoteric goals. Meet 98% of a corporate "stretch goal"? Well that's still considered failure in the company's perspective. And what does the company do after not meeting goals the previous year? Make goals even more aggressive for the next year (without addressing why goals weren't met for previous year). While employees' bonuses are not funded (2014) or funded at less than 100% (2015), expect to see corporate leaders' (through SEC annual report and proxy report) earnings increase year over year. Management Doublespeak - Expect lots of this. Direct questions are given the runaround, especially when it comes to the merger. "There will be a significant presence in Richmond after the merger". Okay, what is significant? 10 people? 700 people? No one is willing to comment on that part. Just months before the merger was announced the CEO himself sent an email to all employees saying essentially how ridiculous the speculation of a merger between MWV and Rock Tenn was. Diversity is a joke. Don't believe me? Go to the MWV website then: About MWV --> leadership and governance --> Executive Profiles. Look at the headshots of the executives. SPOILER ALERT! Out of 20 executives, only two are female. There are zero minorities represented, all caucasian people (at least as I write this).

    Advice to Management

    Just quit. Set some more unrealistic corporate goals, when the company doesn't meet them, don't comment on why they weren't met, but instead take your employees' bonuses. Then use this extra money to fund your golden parachute exit post-merger.


  6. Very political

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Some good people

    Cons

    It's all about politics. Several of the sales people in my group where fired without notice. It's all about politics and not what you produce. They hire and fire people at will so lots of turn over. No advancement opportunity. They are very efficient at hiring and firing. Chemicals division being spun off so lots of cuts and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees and they will respect the company. Train new managers before having them in charge of more experienced professionals.


  7. MWV a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MWV is a very people oriented company. Management is encouraged to listed to what the employees are looking for in career satisfaction and give the opportunity to prove yourself if those areas. One of the best benefits packages of a company this size. A very good work life balance.

    Cons

    Very few cons. For some, a con might be that the company pays for performance. If a person wants a job where they can do the minimum and get paid the same as a performer, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and always make sure when hiring decision makers you continue to hire individuals that care about others as much or more than themselves.


  8. Really great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are terrific. Management tries to make business decisions that take individuals and the personal into account.

    Cons

    All businesses will always have their fair share of corporate politics.

    Advice to Management

    Know when to pull the plug on projects


  9. Cool people, nice place, unsure future of your job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Supply Chain Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Supply Chain Analyst in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very casual workplace. Everyone is friendly and open to you asking questions. Generally only a 40 hour per week job culture. Meeting are happening constantly but not to much where you cannot get things done.

    Cons

    Leadership will lie about what the direction of the company is especially when there is a merger looming. Constantly hitting roadblocks with multiple antiquated systems from previous mergers.

    Advice to Management

    More Flex-time. Stop trying to sell benefits that are less than current benefits as if they are better. We all know that it costs you less which means we are getting less.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Inefficient procedures and departments...good ole boy system

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Center in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Operations Center in Charleston, SC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits such as health and bonus, community service

    Cons

    Specifically: Operations Center in Charleston, SC. Southern good ol' boy system, you have Papa Bear and his little cubs (puppies) pointing fingers and blaming other departments. If you don't hunt, fish, brown nose or bring Papa Bear information then you will not get promoted or even stay long. Working environment is strenuous and it doesn't promote team work. It starts with leadership and works its way down to long term employees who brown nose to keep their job instead of doing their jobs well.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership training for all leaders, managers and supervisors. Get rid of the good ol' boy system to promote teamwork, efficiency and most importantly integrity. Relocate Papa Bear and allow employees to stand on their own two feet. Interview employees confidently to get their opinion about the workplace before the merger and spin-off happens. Do not bring the same brown nosing, inefficient, favoritism system to the new company.


  11. A good company to START your professional career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst I in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst I in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company is very Flexible and they have good benefits

    Cons

    The pay could be better, no real bonuses and it take along time to advance in the company.



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