USG Reviews

Updated August 31, 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
  • Work life balance has steadily deteriorated (in 3 reviews)

  • The company seems to only care about the wallboard side of business-- good luck seeing change if you're not at a wallboard plant (in 7 reviews)

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  1. USG - A great place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager
    Current Employee - Production Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    USG, for engineers in particular, provides a rewarding and challenging work environment. Strong focus on safety and employee well-being, and freedom to be creative make it very enjoyable.

    Cons

    Slow to move on the newest technologies. Reluctant to explore different, cutting edge processes for making products.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent move by breaking up the business units.


  2. Allocate Funds

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The People are the best

    Cons

    The vendors are at times hard to work with

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company and people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work-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

    Cons

    Compensation 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 Management

    I have a lot of confidence in upper management. Keep it up.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work with welcoming people and opportunity.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Open door policy -Companies value their employees -Can buy/sell 1 week of vacation every year -Great training opportunities -Mature company

    Cons

    -Building market can be volatile which affects job security -Can be difficult to move up at times (depending on department)

    Advice to Management

    -Keep listening to the wants of the workers


  6. Helpful (2)

    Everyone wants to play on a winning team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Designer II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Designer II in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat employees well. When the economy is good and goals are met, employees are rewarded. Employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes when there is an urgent need to fill a role, they hire contractors and/or employees that don't meet expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Have higher standards for candidates during the interview process.


  7. A company that cares about its employees safety, satisfaction, and quality of product.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety is first. Employee concerns are heard and listened to by management.

    Cons

    Working hours are longer than most Californian jobs. Stress level is usually high. A lot is expected of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Balance work load. Vacation Time management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, Opportunities for advancement, Different opinions and perspectives are considered

    Cons

    Change management issues, Manual processes slow reporting

    Advice to Management

    Clear, consistent communication to all employees is vital to employee engagement.


  9. Very organized and professional company

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated very well. Company cares about them.

    Cons

    Conflicting ideas are common and not always dealt with properly.


  10. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  11. An exceptionally well run company with the highest of business and personal ethics. A great relationship-based company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming culture; great relationships & colleagues; opportunities.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working at USG.



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