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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Management very supportive of career goals and respect home and work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits and retirement package (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • No one is willing to comment on that part (in 4 reviews)

  • There weren't many cons besides the fact they layed off employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Stay a few years and then move on"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on department you work in, good work-life balance.

    Beautiful building/facility (at least in Richmond, might not be around much longer after the merger). Nice cafeteria, gym, and coffee shop on-site. Parking garage is great too.

    This is a good place to work in the beginning to middle of your career to get extra experience and skill-sets.

    Cons

    Constantly decreasing benefits - I suppose this is the case with many companies, however in my 3+ years with the company, health insurance benefits decreased each year (or increased in cost). The 401k match was also recently removed - one of the prime reasons I started working for the company.

    Weak pay raises/bonuses cut for esoteric reasons - Expect to get around a 2% pay raise each year, even with a good annual review and record company performance. Also expect the company to say that you should be happy with a 2% raise after the company had its best year ever. Bonuses (at least for corporate) are based on meeting esoteric goals. Meet 98% of a corporate "stretch goal"? Well that's still considered failure in the company's perspective. And what does the company do after not meeting goals the previous year? Make goals even more aggressive for the next year (without addressing why goals weren't met for previous year). While employees' bonuses are not funded (2014) or funded at less than 100% (2015), expect to see corporate leaders' (through SEC annual report and proxy report) earnings increase year over year.

    Management Doublespeak - Expect lots of this. Direct questions are given the runaround, especially when it comes to the merger. "There will be a significant presence in Richmond after the merger". Okay, what is significant? 10 people? 700 people? No one is willing to comment on that part. Just months before the merger was announced the CEO himself sent an email to all employees saying essentially how ridiculous the speculation of a merger between MWV and Rock Tenn was.

    Diversity is a joke. Don't believe me? Go to the MWV website then: About MWV --> leadership and governance --> Executive Profiles. Look at the headshots of the executives. SPOILER ALERT! Out of 20 executives, only two are female. There are zero minorities represented, all caucasian people (at least as I write this).

    Advice to Management

    Just quit. Set some more unrealistic corporate goals, when the company doesn't meet them, don't comment on why they weren't met, but instead take your employees' bonuses. Then use this extra money to fund your golden parachute exit post-merger.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Inefficient procedures and departments...good ole boy system"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Center in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Operations Center in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits such as health and bonus, community service

    Cons

    Specifically: Operations Center in Charleston, SC. Southern good ol' boy system, you have Papa Bear and his little cubs (puppies) pointing fingers and blaming other departments. If you don't hunt, fish, brown nose or bring Papa Bear information then you will not get promoted or even stay long. Working environment is strenuous and it doesn't promote team work. It starts with leadership and works its way down to long term employees who brown nose to keep their job instead of doing their jobs well.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership training for all leaders, managers and supervisors. Get rid of the good ol' boy system to promote teamwork, efficiency and most importantly integrity. Relocate Papa Bear and allow employees to stand on their own two feet. Interview employees confidently to get their opinion about the workplace before the merger and spin-off happens. Do not bring the same brown nosing, inefficient, favoritism system to the new company.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Autocratic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Upper Management in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Upper Management in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MeadWestvaco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has your typical good benefit package for a large S&P 500 company

    Cons

    Autocratic management culture. If you were not original Westvaco you were going to have a hard time advancing

    Advice to Management

    Intergrate managment more


  4. Helpful (3)

    "With the company 6+ years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  5. "Typical Wall Street led corporation"

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Was a good company at one time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "More challenges ahead"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people are still working there after the 2014 position slashing's

    Cons

    The company is stripping away the value of good people and innovation to raise the stock price in order to sell it. It is all about appearances and has hired / promoted middle aged sorority girls to hold key positions to lessen it's good ole boys club image.

    Advice to Management

    It is impossible to build a culture of trust when you exercise the right to withhold incentive pay and bonuses, while the top leadership exercises stock options worth multi-millions.

  8. "Challenging culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Great city. Very competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Brutal environment particularly for supporting functions

    Advice to Management

    Read the Careers: Culture section of the company website. It is not reflective of the reality.


  9. "Stable company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Low Moor, VA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Low Moor, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Above average wages. Adequate health care benefits. $401K with employer matching and pension plan. Opportunity to move up fairly quickly. Stable company.

    Cons

    Permanent rotating shift work, the Southern Swing Rotation at this plant. The work is inherently dangerous, can require a lot of mandatory overtime and can be very hot (100+) in the summertime.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life Balance is non existent. Structure is archaic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Too many cliques. Not in the "cool" crowd, you will not succeed.
    Unnecessary travel for things that could be handled by teleconference or other cutting edge technology available to all of the employees.
    NO WORK LIFE BALANCE AT ALL

    Advice to Management

    In the sourcing organization there has been feedback from exit interviews about how rude the group is and how cliqish it is, with no changes. Stop being a part of the problem management and be a part of the solution.


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