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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated May 22, 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
  • There weren't many cons besides the fact they layed off employees (in 3 reviews)

  • No one is willing to comment on that part (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "More challenges ahead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Compassionate, ethical but not performance driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, lots of travel. Strong operations.

    Cons

    Lack of vision in so many areas... Business units, M&A activity, Innovation/R&D. Finance. IT. Comm/Marketing/Branding. Strategy based on consultants' advice and no real inward view of building a future company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop a lot of the fluff, ie. competency - based reviews, etc. Become a pay for perfromance company and you will see results.


  3. "Good Pay, Slow Advancement, Hours Can Vary Greatly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mebane, NC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, people are nice, current Management seems to listen to employee feedback and works towards solving any issues that need addressed. In the past, if you didn't like something they just showed you the door out.

    Cons

    Advancement does not come quickly. The Folding Carton business is made up of many skilled trade jobs, and it takes time to acquire these skills. Many positions are therefore filled from outside instead of within the company, leaving you at the bottom of the seniority ladder. No training processes for internal advancement.
    Hours can be very long at times, 12 and 8 hr. shifts 6-7 days a week at times for months, you just never really know.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "If trained properly it can be an excellent job..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say in Cottonton, AL
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to Say in Cottonton, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, alot of overtime pretty good benefits and retirement

    Cons

    orientation, the way you are trained for my particular department needs to be revamped. I was tolded you mostly learn as you go. Well that leaves alot of room for mistakes which are not tolerated at all.

    Advice to Management

    Not all people learn at the same time and orientation needs to be adjusted for the individual and according to his or her industrial experience.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Failure to Launch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Operations in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Commit. One MWV.


  7. "ok but miss managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Winfield, KS
    Current Employee - Technician in Winfield, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. "Design in a corporate setting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Designer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Analyst in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    be more approachable


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Too much bureaucracy


  11. "Long term employee always proud to represent MWV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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