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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  • 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 (1)

    "MWV"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign/Domestic Payment Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Foreign/Domestic Payment Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    MWV corporate headquarters is a great place to work with an on-site gym, located in beautiful downtown Richmond, VA. Work/life balance is encouraged and work schedules are encouraged to help facilitate this balance.

    Cons

    Location does not afford convenience for lunchtime errands or restaurants. Options are to pack lunch or purchase from the rather costly on-site cafeteria.


  2. "Project Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good managment

    Cons

    none that I can think of now.

  3. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Columbus, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None cause there is nothing good about making pennies when less then a 100 yards there making $40 hours doing less

    Cons

    Poor management and planning threw out the plant

    Advice to Management

    Just quit cause all of them are really annoying and not even close to what a management team is supposed to be


  4. "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, people, and community involvement.

    Cons

    Stringent internal screening discourages those who seek growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Create a pipeline for developmental growth for everyone.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "logistics coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about this company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Job review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Richmond, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good management. Not required to work more than 40 hours.

    Cons

    Hard to move around/up and figure out where to go

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling us we are average!


  7. "great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    good culture good place to work

    Cons

    con is a pro - fast paced and dynamic place to work!

  8. "Decent experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Pays overtime
    Housing paid for
    Gained project management skills
    worked independantly

    Cons

    Seems more like a Mechanical position
    Didn't apply chemical engineering principles
    Did a lot of paperwork


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Stay a few years and then move on"

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    • 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.


  10. "Covington, VA, Carbon Plant - Specialty Chemicals Division"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Team oriented atmosphere with many opportunities to develop. The work is satisfying because you can see the result of your hard work almost immediately.

    Covington, VA, is a beautiful location that offers many outdoor activities. There is a variety of places to live in a 30-40 mile radius from the plant from Lewisburg, WV; Lexington, VA; and Roanoke, VA.

    Cons

    45 min drive to work, but that's because I chose not to live in Covington.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage ideas from employees at all levels and invest in the ideas that will make a difference in safety, task effectiveness and efficiency (lean concepts), quality, and throughput.


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