MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
144 Reviews
3.0
144 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  

    Failure to Launch

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    ok but miss managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    My review

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

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (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
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  5.  

    Design in a corporate setting

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

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

    Pros

    Great city
    Nice building
    Lots of people, positions to learn from
    Young people
    Some travel
    Shop scape, 3D printing capabilities

    Cons

    Lots of overtime in an underpaid field
    Not a very creative environment
    Business casual dress code
    Can be lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design and innovation should be celebrated, rather than required to fit in with the corporate mold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's what you make of it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (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
  7.  

    Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (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
  8.  

    Decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits relative to other manufacturing industries

    Cons

    Stock seems to go nowhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long term employee always proud to represent MWV

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make sure you fit their "Corporate Mold".

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    The people were great. Opportunity to travel, opportunity to learn all aspects of the business.

    Cons

    The people. Old boys club mentality. Eventually outsourced many operations duties which I suspect was the plan all along.

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

    Good Company but work to many hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Feeder Operator in Mebane, NC
    Former Employee - Feeder Operator in Mebane, NC

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, nice pay, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    work 6-7 days a week, 12 hour shifts, hard to get moved to another shift

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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