MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
140 Reviews
3.0
140 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Stable company with good benefits and opportunities for people who earn them (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance good for some employees, but bad for others (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can become a problem (in 6 reviews)

  • Very poor senior management, bad decisions based on poor data has left this company very vulnerable (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical big confused company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management

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

    Pros

    Most of the people I work along side with are good at what they do.

    Cons

    Detached from the realities. Can't speak up, or you'll get dismissed and be an outsider quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the 'ole boy' mentality. Start w/ the CEO. Too many consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    manageable work load and nice work environment.

    Cons

    too many managers and layers

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    More challenges ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people are still working there after the 2014 position slashing's

    Cons

    The company is stripping away the value of good people and innovation to raise the stock price in order to sell it. It is all about appearances and has hired / promoted middle aged sorority girls to hold key positions to lessen it's good ole boys club image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is impossible to build a culture of trust when you exercise the right to withhold incentive pay and bonuses, while the top leadership exercises stock options worth multi-millions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    MWV-Richmond

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, great office environment

    Cons

    No career development. good old boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider actually talking with employees rather than sending surveys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Compassionate, ethical but not performance driven

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, lots of travel. Strong operations.

    Cons

    Lack of vision in so many areas... Business units, M&A activity, Innovation/R&D. Finance. IT. Comm/Marketing/Branding. Strategy based on consultants' advice and no real inward view of building a future company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop a lot of the fluff, ie. competency - based reviews, etc. Become a pay for perfromance company and you will see results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, untrained middle management. "Old boy's club"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Engineering
    Current Employee - Manager of Engineering

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

    Pros

    Work life balance good for some employees, but bad for others. It all depends on your relationship with your manager and his relationship with his manager. If you are willing to "play this game", then you are "home free", pun intended.

    Cons

    Bad benefits, particularly limited leave policies.
    Lack of defined career path and goals.
    "Old boy's club" atmosphere, minorities and women beware.
     Not "what you do for the company" but "who you know".
    Most employees unsatisfied and looking for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move into the 21st century, old school management techniques of intimidation and fear are demotivating to employees. resulting in high employee turnover rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Specialist in Grandview, MO
    Former Employee - Assembly Specialist in Grandview, MO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Meadwestvascos two times the second time I was to replace an employee off on medical leave I heard a lead lady say her daughter was coming in too work for this company and I was let go to make room for her daughter I turned down several job offers to stay at this job based on how well they treated me the first time and man have they changed

    Cons

    work,life balance and hours worked are good its a cut throat environment in some parts of this job and they cant be trusted!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part company is a good place to work I did not get much training and I felt used and then thrown away like trash!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great pay to entice living in the area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Get to be very self-directed, there are many opportunities for improvement, it is easy to move up, and relative to the industry there is still a lot of investment in this facility.

    Cons

    Little to no formal training, if in production there is no work/life balance, it is almost impossible to get anything to change (culture,) there are a lot of responsibilities that are out of your control, would not assume getting a bonus (has trouble meeting goals,) Union can be difficult to work with and the supervisors came up through the union making it more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get supervisors that can actually get work done, prioritize tasks, and hold people accountable. The manager promotions through union workers leaves a lot to be desired and a large gap compared to competitors. Managers that come up through the union jobs have a large difficulty planning and stepping aside from the operator/maintenance work, essentially leaving the managerial position unattended.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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

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