MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
142 Reviews
3.1
142 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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  1.  

    Great pay to entice living in the area

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    • 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
  2.  

    Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly

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    • 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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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    Review of MeadWestVaco

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Specialist in Evadale, TX
    Former Employee - IT Project Specialist in Evadale, TX

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. No Pressure working environment.

    Cons

    I did not get to work there very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    Great opportunities. if you do well, they will take care of you, great people

    Cons

    old thinking, sometimes difficult to get things done on time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mickey Mouse Paper Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Meh.

    • 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 an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Failure to Launch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Operations in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    History of great teams of talent.

    Cons

    too many chiefs, too many divergent directions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit. One MWV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ok but miss managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Winfield, KS
    Current Employee - Technician in Winfield, KS

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (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

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