USG Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
82 Reviews
3.5
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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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Great place to work with welcoming people and opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 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 ManagementAdvice

    -Keep listening to the wants of the workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

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

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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
  7.  

    A life long learning experience and an adaptable buisiness entity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maint Tech  in  Gypsum, OH
    Current Employee - Maint Tech in Gypsum, OH

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

    Pros

    Steady Work, and A good Safety Culture

    Cons

    Lower than average in career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive of in house talent and its value to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No loyalty. Sent jobs to India. Care about profits not employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Okay benefits. Good people at plants.

    Cons

    Too centralized. They have gotten rid of most of the people at the plants who knew what they were doing and were doing the actual work. Zero loyalty to long term employees who have made many sacrifices for the company. Sent most financial work to unqualified people in India who are doing a terrible job and angering vendors, while eliminating 100s of American jobs. Upper management and corporate have cultivated a culture of secrecy, fear and paranoia. Information dissemination to employees whose job are affected is unprofessional and very late and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should value employees who have gotten you where you are today instead of replacing them with low paid poorly trained robots from other countries who don't know what they are doing, and then blaming the employees you are eliminating for not making your poorly trained robot's jobs easy enough that they never have to think. You have destroyed what was good about the company. Company name is now ironic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lazy please apply here..you will favored here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN

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

    Pros

    Decent pay..paid weekly..meet some cool people

    Cons

    Where do i begin..Usg east chicago plant is the worst..in board and jt deparments they hire all LAZY PEOPLE and they do nothing at work for 12 hours.but they try to use the hell out of people who do try to come to work n work. they equipment is old n breaks down all day. Everyday they have the same problems or new ones.makes a 12hour day so hard..they dont care at all..mangement sucks..Hr doesnt care.the formen sit in the office all day on facebook n craiglist. instead of getting the lazy ppl to work.the current supervisor is scary..Sacred of his employees the ppl who dont be working or doing anything all day he dont say anything to them but constatly tells the good workers to do everything..the department manager doesnt care either he runs several departments so he doesnt have time..no life to work balance.then you are told you have to work on a day you was off at the last minute..they pay should be higher to work here considering the equipment is out of date and breaks down all day long..everyone is scared to speak up if you do your a target..i would not try to get anyone to work here. WORST PLACE TO WORK..they treat ppl terrible.they dont train u properly they use to now training is relieving someone for break .something goes wrong that person doesnt even know what too do. they have their favorites..all the ppl who are lazy. i see why ppl who been here 10yrs or more come in and say they quit..this company needs to be fair n hire better ppl also if you are late all the time you wont get fired until you have been late about 30 times they dont stick to the policy. They dont listen to you and they dont care about you bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know how the equipment runs in e.c. indiana..probably not huh? The hiring process needs to be more strict..hiring overweight ppl for jobs that reqiure ppl to do heavy lifting and being able to move fast but safetly is not good..and the lazy ppl why do usg keep these ppl who are non productive..someone needs to come out as a undercover boss to see whats going on..secert cameras need to be put up so it can be shown whos here to work and whos not..i dont mind working hard..thats what i come to work to do ..but y should i when the lazy ppl..is patted on the back all the time..REALLY USG REALLY??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Company working hard to overcome greater economic forces.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Great people, dedicated to customers and employees.

    Cons

    Downturn in construction economy that won't end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  11.  

    Working for the USG has been challenging but satisfying

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

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

    Pros

    It offers a great work life balance.

    Cons

    There is virtually no upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 'kiss-up-spit-down" practice backfires, so managers would be better off treating the staff with respect and courtesy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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