USG
3.3 of 5 71 reviews
www.usg.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

USG Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2014
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79% Approve of the CEO

USG CEO James S. Metcalf

James S. Metcalf

(14 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "It offers a great work life balance"
    in 7 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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Everyone wants to play on a winning team

Systems Designer II (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementHave higher standards for candidates during the interview process.

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

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VERY DECENT EXPERIENCE

Retail Sales (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at USG full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery Supportive Manager
Good Learning Experience
Good Benefits
Company takes great care of you
Possibility for advancement is there if you are willing to work hard and wait
Best job I ever had

ConsMy positive experience is a result of not only the work that I did there but also because of the manager I worked for. He was very fair, supportive and positive. But it was my understanding that some managers in other parts of the country were very difficult to work for.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is my understanding that my former manager has recently been promoted and I think he is now in charge of USGs biggest retail national account. My advice to management is that you should try to follow his management style, you will create a more positive atmosphere and will get better results from your retail sales team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work with welcoming people and opportunity.

Strategic Sourcing Analyst (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at USG full-time for 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 Senior Management-Keep listening to the wants of the workers

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

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Great company and people

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

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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Great Vision minded executive Staff have a great plan to win through these tough times.

Engineering (Current Employee)

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

ProsThere are more communications than ever before from the executive committee which definitely helps motivate employees. Lately our teams plan to win has created our own company recession recovery which has motivated all employees from senior executives to the operator level. We have seen our first pay raise in some time as promised and looking forward to the future with great faith in our executive leaders.

ConsSome USG location seem slow to adapt to new technology but getting better.
Still have unrealistic deadlines to meet which stunt project growth due to manpower shortages.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the communications and try to speed up the adaptation of new technologies at all plants.

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

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Director (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at USG

ProsThe People are the best

ConsThe vendors are at times hard to work with

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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USG - A great place to work.

Production Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at USG

ProsUSG, 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent move by breaking up the business units.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to make a career with

Mining Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at USG as an intern for less than a year

ProsFor engineering majors, great opportunity for fast advancement through the ranks and many opportunities to travel throughout the US by transferring to numerous plant locations. Reward superior performance and loyalty with quick advancement.

ConsAll engineering jobs lead to management positions. If you enjoy design and applying your degree, there are less roads to advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider hiring experienced engineers for mining engineer positions.

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

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OK but used to be better

IT Management (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsDedicated people who really care oabout the business. This is a very relationship oriented company.

ConsManagement tends not to value folks with many years of experience

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

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USG provided great opportunities for me!

Human Resources Manager (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at USG full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe ability to see many facilities and places across the country.

ConsExempt team members are typically required to relocate to promote.

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

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