MeadWestvaco

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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
149 Reviews
3.1
149 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Long term employee always proud to represent MWV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make sure you fit their "Corporate Mold".

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Good Company but work to many hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
  7.  

    Many Lost Opportunities for Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Various Positions In the Company in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Various Positions In the Company in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits in a world of shrinking health care and retirement benefits offered employees.
    Flexible work environment.
    Nice corporate facility with Cafeteria, Starbucks and Fitness Center.
    Free parking for employees in secured parking deck.
    Human resources has invested in a Training/Employee Development department - much needed.
    Experience in a Global Company working with many different business partners world wide.
    Intelligent coworkers who are driven, productive and committed to company goals.

    Cons

    "Good ol' boy" system still exists in certain departments especially when the departments have legacy employees from mill sites.
    Certain groups are not open to process improvements and employee initiatives are not supported especially when it opens the doors to questionable practices by a department.
    Human resources hiring practices tend to be on a "who you know" instead of "what you know" practice. Some people are hired without the right qualifications and ultimately cannot perform to expectations.
    Long hours for lower, exempt workers who are expected to perform more than 40 hours a week and are not fairly compensated as the non-exempt employees who get paid overtime. Many work from home and sacrifice personal time to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees who are not at the management level for insight on best practices, issues, fair solutions and ethical evolution of the work environment. These are the backbone of the corporation and their knowledge is beyond compare when it comes to the details. An inclusive atmosphere is vital to employees knowing their value and contribution to the goals of the company

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

    If you are a self starter, this is the place for you.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you are a self starter with limited supervision. Diverse business portfolio. Good opportunity to move around the company.

    Cons

    Company politics. You need to play the games in order to get promoted. No flexible work hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job recognizing people's accomplishments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I expected more

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Alexandria, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Alexandria, PA

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

    Pros

    When I started there it was "THEE" place to work in our small town, and it was just MEAD. It was hard physical work but it came with good pay and great benefits. There was a great working atmosphere. I liked my job. Then they merged with Westvaco and it became just a job. After 20 years I left, I had become just a number, making about the same money I made 20 yrs before.

    Cons

    They pay you just enough to keep you, and they do not care about personally it is all about the bottom line. And I am not sure they can find the bottom line. So not only did I feel under appreciated I felt I worked for a company with no heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't figure it out....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Uncertain future

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco

    Pros

    In the past, high focus on employee development and quality of work was highly regarded.

    Cons

    Recent margin improvement program resulted in the elimination of hundreds of positions across the company with no consideration for level of talent being let go. People that are left are struggling to maintain the same quality of work with no support from management. Company appears to be leaning out the organization in an effort increase margins making it an attractive target for acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do something to motivate the remaining employees or they will all be walking out the door on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ehh

    • 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 as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid decently, free parking. I don't know what else to say here.

    Cons

    Company culture or lack therof, leadership, buttkissing and politics, overcrowded building and department. I worked with some awesome people who were excellent at what they did, just wish the people in charge did less to make things miserable for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of everyone in power (i.e. yourselves) and bring in some less egotistical visionary young people. Also the HR department has got to go. They serve little practical purpose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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