USG Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
80 Reviews

3.4
80 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 company to make a career with

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    USG provided great opportunities for me!

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    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Everyone wants to play on a winning team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have higher standards for candidates during the interview process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place if you are planning to retire in less than five years.
    You can be invisible and avoid work if you keep your mouth shut during meetings.
    War rooms are management staff having free lunch and surfing the internet.
    Able to negotiate salary and 3-4 weeks PTO if you are coming from consulting.

    Cons

    Company income based on only a few products.
    Directors or above are robbing the company.
    Traditional sweat shop concept.
    Management is a joke.
    Preferred hiring outside contractors and no internal promotions unless you have connections.
    No merit increase for a few years
    Only lower level employees doing all the work.
    Dead end career path.
    Try to run IT as a business but ending up as a joke because of management failure.
    Other departments refused to work with IT because IT is always over promised and under delivered. Plus most staff is clueless of what they are doing because of high turnover rate.
    Benefits are going downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work (#sarcastic). Enjoy while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    More about bosses, less about employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Credit Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Area Credit Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Reasonable pay. Nice offices

    Cons

    Managers are more concerned about their own jobs and looking politically correct, than about doing the right thing. There is little support for employees. They are going thru huge changes as they try to "outsource" everything. I would advise waiting a few years before working for this organization. Hopefully they will soon realize their mistakes and go back to basics were hard work is acknowledged and rewarded. They need to get rid of the mid-level managers that, as I said above, are more concerned with being politically correct as opposed to doing the correct thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the message above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is a company that has been stable and growing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Management  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Property Management in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at USG full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They don't throw out the baby with the bath water (so to speak). In other words, if a person doesn't work out in one position they will give them a chance in another provided that person shows the desire to work it out.

    Cons

    Communication is one the biggest problems. Communication between corporate to corporate, field to field and corporate to field. This area needs a lot of work. Reviews are not done and raises are far and few between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication should be better, reviews should be done on a regular basis and raises should be given on a minimum of an annual basis when the employee has shown to be valuable with a strong work ether, team player and produces time after time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Great company to foster leadership skills.

    Cons

    Compensation growth is sluggish despite being a top performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving more in compensation to outstanding employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    VERY DECENT EXPERIENCE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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