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USG Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
26 Reviews
3.0
26 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work life balance (if you are in the right department) (in 9 reviews)

  • The people you work with are good people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • company's success is tied to the housing market (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance has steadily deteriorated (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Thrown into the fire, hard work goes unnoticed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Project Engineer Co-Op
    Current Intern - Project Engineer Co-Op

    I have been working at USG as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    You make your own schedule, there is plenty of job security, ability to move up in the company for college grads.

    Cons

    Pay is just below average with industry, management has a plan and is not too willing to listen to opinions or analysis. Also, projects will be put on hold until manager wants to do the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have money allocated for projects before starting the projects. Also, pay your workers an average wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Over all good environment to grow career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Upper management at corporate level are great at mentoring and development. Work events are always a great time

    Cons

    Plant personnel need to allow corporate shared services to develop. Plants needs to purged old and incompetent management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office culture isn't too rough depending on your department. Finance team is very experienced. Office is in a good location. Good benefits

    Cons

    Some departments are exposed to more of the business than others. Overall, the majority of the finance team is exposed to good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiringfrom within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good co-workers, friendly environment, poor middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and for the most part the people are good to work with. It is a very friendly environment and the work is generally interesting and challenging. The direction upper management is giving is good and the stated culture is good.

    Cons

    The stated culture does not live up to the reality. Work life balance has steadily deteriorated. There often seem to be too many managers and not enough people actually doing the work..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience, Colleagues, Balance. Poor Pay, Recognition, Lots of "Good Ol Boy's Club"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer (Plant Location)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer (Plant Location)

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain experience right out of college. USG had a pretty well established entry training program through hiring project engineers into plants and having them run projects. Program really collapsed due to downsizing and hiring freezes/cut backs during recession. College recruiting is totally different now and is a shell of its former offering. If you do get in, especially at a larger plant, it can be incredible work experience running small to medium size capital and process improvement projects.

    Cons

    The recession really hammered USG. They lost 95% of all young professionals that were less than 5 years in prior to recession. As the business recovers, there will be the need for new managers and the like that they will not be able to fill. The company is well known, and will freely admit "you'll like your job for the colleagues and the love of the company, not due to pay". So that said, the only ones getting rich at USG are specific managers in the plants that have moved around and "played the game" and people at the corporate office. The plants have exceptional staff, in particular young professionals, that are borderline abused from a compensation standpoint. For promotional opportunities, plan to move from plant to plant. Current relo program is very unfriendly to new hires, the old program is solid. The only way to advance without moving is to be one of the elite, and have someone carve out the right spot for you. Like a plant level version of the good 'ol boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing employee surveys until you begin publishing results, a team to correct deficiencies and target dates. Assign firm and decisive authority to actually do something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Been here over a year, good money, not much time off.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Factory in Gypsum, OH
    Current Employee - Factory in Gypsum, OH

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is GREAT! Benefits are great! Two weeks vacation after a year (if you take advantage of buying a week as offered). Talk of going to 4 shifts that would swing, 12 hour shifts, 3 days on/4 days off then 4 days on/ 3 days off. Would then have every other weekend off! Would work half a year. Schedule set for a year ahead of time.

    Cons

    No weekends off. Sometimes work 11-17 days straight (with a day off here and there). Tough on family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to the 4 shifts swing. The set schedules would be a HUGE moral builder with employees!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is a company that has been stable and growing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Management in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Property Management in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They don't throw out the baby with the bath water (so to speak). In other words, if a person doesn't work out in one position they will give them a chance in another provided that person shows the desire to work it out.

    Cons

    Communication is one the biggest problems. Communication between corporate to corporate, field to field and corporate to field. This area needs a lot of work. Reviews are not done and raises are far and few between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication should be better, reviews should be done on a regular basis and raises should be given on a minimum of an annual basis when the employee has shown to be valuable with a strong work ether, team player and produces time after time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Sales Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to foster leadership skills.

    Cons

    Compensation growth is sluggish despite being a top performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving more in compensation to outstanding employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A life long learning experience and an adaptable buisiness entity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maint Tech in Gypsum, OH
    Current Employee - Maint Tech in Gypsum, OH

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady Work, and A good Safety Culture

    Cons

    Lower than average in career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive of in house talent and its value to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working for the USG has been challenging but satisfying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It offers a great work life balance.

    Cons

    There is virtually no upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 'kiss-up-spit-down" practice backfires, so managers would be better off treating the staff with respect and courtesy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
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CEO Jim Metcalf chats with a USG employee.

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