MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Great place to Co-Op, but I'm not sure I'd work there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Process Control Co-Op
    Former Intern - Process Control Co-Op

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people were wonderful.
    There was an excellent safety-driven culture.
    The pay was reasonable.
    Paper is a stable industry in no immediate danger in the foreseeable future.
    It was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    There's got to be a better way of keeping staff "on-call".
    If you can be skapegoated, you will be skapegoated.
    There was a definite distrust between departments and management.
    Too may meetings.

    Advice to Management

    At my plant, an old Process Control engineer explained that plant management was cyclical.
    One guy would come in, see all the things needing repair and spend money fixing them. He'd get fired.
    The next guy would ride in to a shiny fixed up plant and spend very little if anything on maintenance. He'd get promoted.
    Then another fellow would come in and see things needing repair. And he'd spend money fixing them.
    Guess what happened.

  2. Helpful (2)

    With the company 6+ years

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, generally hard working and good people in the trenches

    Cons

    Massive matrix organization with multiple people managing everything causes there to be to many layers and much confusion. Even though B2B somehow think we need massive (and I mean massive) marketing and innovation groups. People think if you are not in office at 8 on dot and stay until 5:30 you are not working even in the day of constant email access. A bit old school and yes there is certainly the "old white male" syndrome of almost all senior management has been there for decades and unwilling to change.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify. Drive accountability and quit acting like you are a consumer brand company

  3. A good company to help develop your engineering skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive. Employees are well informed of what is expected of them.

    Cons

    The biggest problem seems to be corporate headquarters interfering with production by not taking into account the effects of the changes they make on operations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the long term success by investing more in keeping equipment and software up to date.

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  5. Worked at MWV for 2 years

    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people in the company are great. Very friendly and teamwork environment. Being a young employee I like that the atmosphere is young.

    Cons

    Management do not know their job as well as they should nor do they know what their team actually does.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your knowledge and your team.

  6. Helpful (1)

    suffers from bad management and growth stagnation

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice new headquarters and modern offices

    Cons

    bad management and continuous downsizing

  7. Typical Wall Street led corporation

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good ethics. Nice perks. One of few companies that offers pension and 401K. Above average match

    Cons

    Place people in roles that they don't have any experience in. Bring outsiders in without any experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees they're the reason you have a job

  8. Helpful (2)

    looking to leave

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

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, the people I work with are great

    Cons

    management are the worst. old company with dates philosophy and TERRIBLE culture.

    Advice to Management

    retire already! let some of the younger leadership have a chance to turn this company around!

  9. Helpful (5)

    Was a good company at one time

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

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There were some very talented and committed people in the past who were a joy to work with. Benefits were very good -- healthcare, 401k match, etc. Compensation very competitive. Made good but slow progress from a business model and strategy perspective over about a 5 year period. There are (or were) a few very good leaders.

    Cons

    The overall culture is quite bad, and it is all due to very poor and incompetent leadership, politics and cronyism. There is no trust whatsoever. Based on the extensive layoffs of some very talented people, keeping some very untalented people, and putting others into roles they know nothing about, it appears the rumors of an impending sale are true. All the good work to transform the organization has been completely eroded.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway. The few remaining good people are going to jump ship, or perhaps do well with the acquiring company. One can only hope that a certain few remaining "leaders" will finally get what's coming to them.

  10. Very good company to start a career

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

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for growth. Great people to work with in a wonderful area of the city. Richmond is a great city to live and work in.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can become a problem. Poor middle management and a decent amount of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent

  11. Good Home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Administrator in Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Account Administrator in Kettering, OH

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Open office culture, expectations clearly set and employees are empowered to act accordingly to help company meet short, mid and long term objectives. Expectations communicated on consistent basis.

    Cons

    Rare breakdowns in internal communications between departments. Training opportunities on skills set development for upward movement in the company difficult to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strengthen internal communication infrastructure, improve transparency around objectives and continue to provide robust external/internal learning/growth opportunities at all levels.

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