USG
3.3 of 5 77 reviews
www.usg.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

USG Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.3 77 reviews

                             

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USG CEO James S. Metcalf

James S. Metcalf

(19 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Excellent work life balance (if you are in the right department)"
    in 8 reviews
  • "The people you work with are good people"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "company's success is tied to the housing market"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The on going depression characteristics of the building materials business has resulted in constant layoffs with many good people terminated"
    in 3 reviews
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    In my limited time with the company, I can honestly say I am glad I choose USG to begin my career.

    Engineering (Current Employee)

    ProsGood company for growth.
    Safety is most important.
    Quarterly Bonuses.
    Friendly Coworkers.
    Recently Rebranded itself to excel.
    Feeds you quite well.

    ConsMatching Policy isn't very good, only 10 cents on the dollar.
    Not really diverse for engineering positions and up.
    Can't compete with Oil and Gas Salaries, but decent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to become more diverse when hiring. All in all the company is going in the right direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No loyalty. Sent jobs to India. Care about profits not employees.

    (Former Employee)

    ProsOkay benefits. Good people at plants.

    ConsToo centralized. They have gotten rid of most of the people at the plants who knew what they were doing and were doing the actual work. Zero loyalty to long term employees who have made many sacrifices for the company. Sent most financial work to unqualified people in India who are doing a terrible job and angering vendors, while eliminating 100s of American jobs. Upper management and corporate have cultivated a culture of secrecy, fear and paranoia. Information dissemination to employees whose job are affected is unprofessional and very late and slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should value employees who have gotten you where you are today instead of replacing them with low paid poorly trained robots from other countries who don't know what they are doing, and then blaming the employees you are eliminating for not making your poorly trained robot's jobs easy enough that they never have to think. You have destroyed what was good about the company. Company name is now ironic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lazy please apply here..you will favored here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    East Chicago, IN

    ProsDecent pay..paid weekly..meet some cool people

    ConsWhere do i begin..Usg east chicago plant is the worst..in board and jt deparments they hire all LAZY PEOPLE and they do nothing at work for 12 hours.but they try to use the hell out of people who do try to come to work n work. they equipment is old n breaks down all day. Everyday they have the same problems or new ones.makes a 12hour day so hard..they dont care at all..mangement sucks..Hr doesnt care.the formen sit in the office all day on facebook n craiglist. instead of getting the lazy ppl to work.the current supervisor is scary..Sacred of his employees the ppl who dont be working or doing anything all day he dont say anything to them but constatly tells the good workers to do everything..the department manager doesnt care either he runs several departments so he doesnt have time..no life to work balance.then you are told you have to work on a day you was off at the last minute..they pay should be higher to work here considering the equipment is out of date and breaks down all day long..everyone is scared to speak up if you do your a target..i would not try to get anyone to work here. WORST PLACE TO WORK..they treat ppl terrible.they dont train u properly they use to now training is relieving someone for break .something goes wrong that person doesnt even know what too do. they have their favorites..all the ppl who are lazy. i see why ppl who been here 10yrs or more come in and say they quit..this company needs to be fair n hire better ppl also if you are late all the time you wont get fired until you have been late about 30 times they dont stick to the policy. They dont listen to you and they dont care about you bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo you know how the equipment runs in e.c. indiana..probably not huh? The hiring process needs to be more strict..hiring overweight ppl for jobs that reqiure ppl to do heavy lifting and being able to move fast but safetly is not good..and the lazy ppl why do usg keep these ppl who are non productive..someone needs to come out as a undercover boss to see whats going on..secert cameras need to be put up so it can be shown whos here to work and whos not..i dont mind working hard..thats what i come to work to do ..but y should i when the lazy ppl..is patted on the back all the time..REALLY USG REALLY??

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working for the USG has been challenging but satisfying

    Attorney (Current Employee)

    ProsIt offers a great work life balance.

    ConsThere is virtually no upward mobility.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company working hard to overcome greater economic forces.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, dedicated to customers and employees.

    ConsDownturn in construction economy that won't end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep fighting the good fight.

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    Lacking ethics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSafety was stressed at manufacturing locations.

    ConsEthics were lacking, unethical actions were expected to reach goals for bonuses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company and people

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWork-Life balance at USG is not something to which lip service is paid, but is real. This is rare. Also, USG's employees are generally more agreeable and easier to work with than anywhere else that I have worked. The atmosphere is collaberative and cooperative. This is a very solid company that has been around for over 100 years, and is positioned to do very well once construction's rebound gets some legs

    ConsCompensation is average. As is common in Industry, employees' workloads are pretty high. Given how process-oriented IT has become, this can be a source of frustration.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have a lot of confidence in upper management. Keep it up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    New England, ND

    ProsNot a stressful job at all. Often work together with your clients identifying new projects and identify potential wall board demand

    ConsNot many , future potential for advancement not as great as other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the people who act as foot soldiers . We represent the company at the mist basic level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsPeople are friendly and nice.

    ConsIt is kinda boring and easy work

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    Great people. Process laden.

    Applications Management (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI worked with some of the best people ever in this company, free with knowledge sharing, professional in their fields, and tons of fun socially.

    ConsThey over-reacted to Sarbanes Oxley and locked the company down so tight with process that they squelched creativity. Micro-management abounds. The bad economy creates a tense atmosphere with annual layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou could get a lot more out of your employees if you let go of the reins.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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