MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
112 Reviews

3.0
112 Reviews
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MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr.
John A. Luke Jr.
61 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, work-life balance, great work culture (in 6 reviews)

  • Stable company with good benefits and opportunities for people who earn them (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Very poor senior management, bad decisions based on poor data has left this company very vulnerable (in 8 reviews)

  • Indecisive leadership in some senior levels; still very old school in thinking and decision making; (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was a rewarding experience.

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    Former Employee - Ad, Omostratove Assostamt  in  Waverly Hall, GA
    Former Employee - Ad, Omostratove Assostamt in Waverly Hall, GA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I had the chance to grow and advance for more than I expected.

    Cons

    the cut back of employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Struggling in declining industry; leadership disconnected from ground reality

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good benefits
    Family oriented culture in plants and other locations

    Cons

    Indecisive and old school corp. leadership lacking clear direction
    Constantly changing business leadership adding to the confusion
    Uptight corporate culture in HQ, Richmond. Diversity limited to poster faces

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A very positive place to work

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Springfield, MA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I always felt like my work had value. There was a comfort level that let people focus on doing their work instead of ploting how to survive the next fall of the axe. In general if you needed information to do your job people were helpful. I never felt the need to pretend that I knew anything that I didn't.

    Cons

    Sometimes they may have been a little slow to deal some personel problems. It also seemed like there was a tendency for plans to become objectives in there own right instead of being judged against the objectives the plan was intended to serve. There was a big tendency to filter out bad news as it went up the chain of command.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    MWV has provided an excellent environment for me to grow and learn new things. Everyday offers a new challenge.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technology Solutions Analyst  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technology Solutions Analyst in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Very conservative company that is not known for widespread downsizing and typically will only do so as a last resort. Provides a pension (cash balance) plan, 401K match, and matches money put into HSAs.

    Cons

    Selective development of employees, not all employees get a fair crack at advancement and development oportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the talent level of your team and always continue to challenge them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learned all the things a mechanical engineer should know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco as an intern

    Pros

    Great Experience at the mill
    Good Pay for an intern
    Housing is provided

    Cons

    Not the most friendly people or culture
    Covington, VA is boring
    One-Dimensional thinking in some parts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. You know what to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work challenges, many good people, a little too cautious at times.....

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    MWV has high ethical standards. In general, leadership is willing to listen to new ideas in most departments. There are some very successful businesses within the company.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters is a 'meeting-driven' culture. There are many professional 'meeting attenders' in Richmond. Information often seems to be over-filtered or over-messaged on its way to the top of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a little more 'ground-truthing' on the information that you are being given. Continue with most of your initiatives. The company has a lot of potential to build on its current success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great deal

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smaller plants, lots of opportunity for engineers, pretty good benefits, pay is decent. Pretty easy going work environment, and coworkers are good to work with.

    Cons

    The plants are pretty dirty and grungy, not the best safety record. A lot of the jobs are very labor intensive and working long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poorly run company with a joke leadership team

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The employees are great....that's about it.

    Cons

    It's a very hierarchical company...you don't dare go near where the leadership sits on the 9th floor at their Richmond HQ. They try to seem like a progressive company, but they are very old school corporate; they overlook great employees and promote their favorites; certain people are protected, even when they engage in bad behavior; they've been losing business so they are laying off people and not treating them with respect, not letting them work for a little while until their job goes away; they keep passing off healthcare costs to employees while employing a concierge doctor for their executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top...that's where the companies' issues stem from; treat your employees like you value them; don't keep executes around on "special projects" when they don't succeed at their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good job until I got too old.

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    Former Employee - Analytical Services Coordinator  in  Evadale, TX
    Former Employee - Analytical Services Coordinator in Evadale, TX

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay with possible bonus. Pay is comparable to petrochemical industries.

    Cons

    Not family oriented. If salaried, then they have no respect for personal time off or concerns brought to them by employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of employees who have dedicated 35 years of service to you. You want employees to be dedicated to you but; you do not want to be dedicated to older employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Meh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    You do get paid well depending on your role.

    Cons

    Company is floundering in a market that is dying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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