USG Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
84 Reviews
3.5
84 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 that allows good balance between work and personal life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shares Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Shares Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere
    Good people
    Loyal to their employees

    Cons

    Salaries not adjusted for high cost of living areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your good sales people are being paid what they are worth in their markets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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!

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  5.  

    Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at USG full-time (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    USG - The Best and Worst Place I Ever Worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Non Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Non Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time (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
  7.  

    Great company to make a career with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer
    Former Employee - Mining Engineer

    I worked at USG as an intern (less than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but used to be better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG full-time (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
  9.  

    USG provided great opportunities for me!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at USG full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    great company trying to get through the economy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
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