USG Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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USG CEO James S. Metcalf
James S. Metcalf
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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. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Wonderful opportunities for advancement
    People tend to work together rather than at odds with each other

    Cons

    Can be difficult to interact with senior management
    Office location out of mainstream
    HR Department aloof from employee feelings and desires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. very profit motivated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    the benefits were very good

    Cons

    The company's management was very old school

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. Tough decade yields same company. Current management loathe to make game changing decisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Fair benefits, wonderful non-C suite people, great location, excellent work-life balance, nice office space. Opportunities to gain diverse experience early in career. Great place for early career development.

    Cons

    C-Suite execs completely out of touch with the realities of the business. Empty suits playing businessman/woman. Linear thinkers who arrived at the top by riding the market growth wave. Don't stay past the 10 year mark - get your experience and move on. It is a very insular world. Advancement is not meritorious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your ego at the door and stop bullying people. Everyone is afraid of you and therefore you don't get honest feedback. The perception is that you think you can do it all alone and don't need any input from your leadership teams. Look in the mirror and check your ego. Company performance under your tenure is underperforming the market. That's on you. Stop telling all of your employees about all of your vacation houses or that you bought your 16 year old a BMW or how much money you have! The expression "tone deaf" was written for you. You are getting rich on the backs of the people you bully all day long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. civil servant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    job security is there if you are full time

    Cons

    almost everything else about the career isn't inspiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your mission

  6. Very organized and professional company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Employees are treated very well. Company cares about them.

    Cons

    Conflicting ideas are common and not always dealt with properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Thrown into the fire, hard work goes unnoticed

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    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
  8. I did a month long internship at the headquarters in Jan 2014 with the Supply Chain Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Very friendly and accommodating staff.
    Good place for career growth and transformation.
    Good location, and good US presence.

    Cons

    The work can get boring at times. It is difficult to be very excited about manufacturing building products. Nonetheless the ability to move around within the company generally counters this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. They really don't care about their employees as long as they get their money,avoid this company.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at USG as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    none theres nothing good about it.

    Cons

    everything, low pay I don't even know the managers all the responsibility goes to the supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Great company, cares about employees

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    HQ is an incredibly nice facility.
    Great, kind people
    The perks and pay (even as an intern!) were great

    Cons

    My particular manager rarely checked in with me and did not contribute positively to my experience, but that cannot be said about the company as a whole

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. PM

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at USG as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice office, good location, good views, free coffee, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    IT Management really doesn't seem to want to progress based on suggestions by contractors. They are more worried about your core hours than the work one can produce. Sad, really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the contractors you hire. You hired them for their expertise and skills. They have been around the block and know a thing or two.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide.
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