MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Good starting job, but...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Researcher in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - R&D Researcher in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, good salary, beautiful labs for R&D This was a starting job for me, so at the time I had nothing to compare it to. What was good about it was the compensation (good, not great), the experience, and the people I worked with. Is paperboard sexy and fun? No, but it provides jobs. If you work in Richmond the facilities are awesome; gym, cafeteria, and state of the art labs for R&D.

    Cons

    Office culture, time-off policies What was not so great was the glaring fact that this is a public company; the perception of upper management is that they value stock price far greater than employees. The culture survey really illuminated that (it wasn't good). It's an old, conservative company run by old men (don't be surprised around November when they ask everyone to vote "with the company's interests in mind"). The culture is really the worst thing; talk to the employees who have been there 20+ years and you'll understand. The vacation policy is lousy; 2 weeks until you're there 5 years. Then oh boy an extra 5 days! What really irritated me though was getting laid off after years of stellar performance. And even worse were friends getting laid off that had put in over 10 years with the company! Cool, get rid of the guy who has had solid performance and is 60 years old. What was the need for layoffs after hiring on a large amount of people? Stock price. The most important thing for the leaders of the company. Don't EVER think they will value their employees more than that.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stop doing the big hirings followed by big layoffs. Try to value employees and not just shareholders. And stop being so short-sighted with R&D; it's not an instant pay-off investment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A vision for the future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Executive leadership wants to push the company past commodity paperboard sales, willing to take calculated risks in key sectors and see a vision of what the company could become

    Cons

    All roads lead back to converting operations and paperboard sales. Aspirational innovation projects get stuck in stage-gate.

    Advice to Management

    Take more calculated risk on long-term innovation projects


  3. Helpful (2)

    With the company 6+ years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op
    Former Employee - DCS Engineer Co-op
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

    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.


  6. Worked at MWV for 2 years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    suffers from bad management and growth stagnation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager, Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice new headquarters and modern offices

    Cons

    bad management and continuous downsizing


  8. Typical Wall Street led corporation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    looking to leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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!


  10. Helpful (5)

    Was a good company at one time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Very good company to start a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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



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