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USG Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
87 Reviews
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87 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 trying to get through the economy

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  2.  

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

    I have been working at USG full-time (less than an 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Sales rep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New England, ND
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New England, ND

    I worked at USG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a stressful job at all. Often work together with your clients identifying new projects and identify potential wall board demand

    Cons

    Not many , future potential for advancement not as great as other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the people who act as foot soldiers . We represent the company at the mist basic level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Business analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    It is kinda boring and easy work

  7.  

    Fair company to work for with old school values.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension & 401K. Good healthcare insurance. Dedication to keeping its workers safe and free from injury.

    Cons

    lots of paperwork that could be done electronically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce paperwork.
    Utilize retiring work force by having them pass their knowledge and skills to new workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    USG vs. L&W Supply

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having worked for both, USG was the prime example of a company that supported it's employees with continued education, advancement opportunity and professionalism exhibited by the worker bees and most of the management. The culture was very people oriented

    Cons

    L&W Supply, proved to be the opposite of USG in terms of employee professionalism, particularly that exhibited by some of the management. Individual initiative nor continued education were never seen as positive attributes or goals. Little to no advancement opportunity regardless of what was offered when you are hired. The L&W culture is they come first, your family comes second.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USG- Keep up the good work.
    L&W-If your staff was more professional(from the sales people to the forklift driver), maybe your customers would respect you more and your sales would increase.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work environment at times although constantly changing can be personally stagnant.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Co wokers, benefits, flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    Never enough time or resources to carry out plans

    Recommends
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Outgrew USG

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    USG has a tradition of high integrity, respect in the market, and workplace safety. There is enough diversity in plant locations and operations that an employee willing to relocate can get experience in a variety of situations. Most USG managers are eager to help employees improve their skills whether through internal training or tuition reimbursement programs. For plant operations folks, the non-union environment makes for a less stressful workplace. Perhaps the best reason to work at USG for those early in their careers is when the building materials business eventually turns around, and it will, there will be promotion opportunities galore.

    Cons

    A characteristic of USG that is a double edged sword is the authority they give the Plant Managers. How that authority is exercised often determines the quality of worklife at a plant. A really good plant manager usually means a great place to work. And the opposite is true, unfortunately. Plants truly are a reflection of that Plant Manager's personality and management style.

    Another problem on the sales side is how sales executives clone themselves through promotions. Perhaps the recession caused a reality check, but it was almost required to have great hair and/or low-handicap golf score to rise in the sales ranks. They building products business is a relationship game and too often sales managers cut deals with big customers without their local sales rep ever finding out until told by the customer. Sales reps at USG have the toughest jobs, no question about it. They put up with more nonsense than you can believe.

    USG was very slow to adopt modern information technology compared to other Fortune 500 corporations. Individuals drove the change and the corporation had to catch up. Management has a history of being conservative and that conservatism drove many innovative people away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USG needs to adopt the practice of having employees 're-interview' for their jobs after they've been in them for a while. What happens is the business changes, the person changes, and not always is the change parallel. There are lots of people at USG who are economic hostages, taking up space because they are so enmeshed in the safety net they cannot free themselves to seek a career change that is really a better fit for them and the company. For those employees in management/technical roles who've been with USG for 20+ years and are career plateaued, invest in a win-win process to find something invigorating for them. That new job may not necessarily be with USG.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company in a currently bad economy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Great people and plenty of room to grow for employees. There are great mentors available in this organization. People respect one another

    Cons

    USG is a company in the extremely competitive wallboard industry. This when added to the current economic situation, salary freezes and constant layoffs makes the company unattractive to young employees and middle tier upwardly mobile staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To better maximize on involuntary severances, aim higher in the organization. Too often, cuts were taken from the lower levels of staff in the organization - the doers. Overtime, all that is left is the delegators who have an excellent track record for fending off new work. Eliminate that layer to bring back innovation

USG Photos

USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide.
CEO Jim Metcalf chats with a USG employee.

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