USG Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
82 Reviews
3.5
82 Reviews
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USG CEO James S. Metcalf
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company values, opportunity to see results of projects

    Cons

    work a lot of holidays which are only opportunities for maintenance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work/life balance!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

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

    Pros

    Excellent technical and leadership training for project engineers! Management is very approachable and works with you to resolve issues. Promotions are beginning to take-off and many more are expected due to senior personnel retiring. Excellent benefits, company perks, and work/life balance!

    Cons

    The company seems to only care about the wallboard side of business-- good luck seeing change if you're not at a wallboard plant. Pay is not competitive. I personally feel that the company's shared services could be structured better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the non-wallboard plants!

  3.  

    Solid Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Values, co-workers, variety, challenge, travel

    Cons

    work-life balance, political environment, stovepiped

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    USG - The Best and Worst Place I Ever Worked.

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    Former Employee - Non Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Non Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great People. Great Product. Excellent work life balance (if you are in the right department). A family atmosphere. Located downtown right behind the Metra train station. Pay is OK, not the best, but not the worst. Lots of extra activities, focus groups, lunch and learns, weight loss challenges…things to benefit the employees. Great perks.

    Cons

    USG rarely gets rid of people who have proven to no longer be valuable to the company. In many departments these "slacker" or OLD heads hold key positions. This is demoralizing to up and comings and doesn't give you the warm an fuzzes about promotions. Career paths are better than previous years, but a long way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the little guys who actually do the work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to make a career with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer

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

    Pros

    For 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring experienced engineers for mining engineer positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK but used to be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management tends not to value folks with many years of experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    USG provided great opportunities for me!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Exempt team members are typically required to relocate to promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician  in  Mediapolis, IA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Mediapolis, IA

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

    Pros

    Friendly People, Great Hours and good enviroment

    Cons

    Disorganized, out of touch with technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some chances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great company trying to get through the economy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    trying to push too many engineers into management too soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    In my limited time with the company, I can honestly say I am glad I choose USG to begin my career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Matching 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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