USG Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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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. An exceptionally well run company with the highest of business and personal ethics. A great relationship-based company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming culture; great relationships & colleagues; opportunities.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working at USG.

  2. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

  3. Very organized and professional company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

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  5. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great intern opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Project Engineer in Sweetwater, TX
    Former Intern - Project Engineer in Sweetwater, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're given lots of responsibilities and projects which are actually implemented and used. You get to work on projects that may take millions of dollars and you get to work with a great team of engineers. As an intern we qualified for overtime over 40 hours even though we were paid as salary. This was a very safety conscious company that was great to work for.

    Cons

    If you work here full time it's a small town and a small office. You'll have to move across the country a few times to move up in the engineering ranks.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Torrance, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Everyone wants to play on a winning team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Designer II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Designer II in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work with welcoming people and opportunity.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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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USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
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