USG Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
84 Reviews
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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.  

    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.

  2.  

    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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and people

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

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance at USG is not something to which lip service is paid, but is real. This is rare. Also, USG's employees are generally more agreeable and easier to work with than anywhere else that I have worked. The atmosphere is collaberative and cooperative. This is a very solid company that has been around for over 100 years, and is positioned to do very well once construction's rebound gets some legs

    Cons

    Compensation is average. As is common in Industry, employees' workloads are pretty high. Given how process-oriented IT has become, this can be a source of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have a lot of confidence in upper management. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacking ethics

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Safety was stressed at manufacturing locations.

    Cons

    Ethics were lacking, unethical actions were expected to reach goals for bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Sales rep

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    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
  7.  

    Business analyst

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    • 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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people. Process laden.

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with some of the best people ever in this company, free with knowledge sharing, professional in their fields, and tons of fun socially.

    Cons

    They over-reacted to Sarbanes Oxley and locked the company down so tight with process that they squelched creativity. Micro-management abounds. The bad economy creates a tense atmosphere with annual layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could get a lot more out of your employees if you let go of the reins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, so-so environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time

    Pros

    The people and networking experiences made USG Corp great. If you put yourself out there, managers, directors, VP's, etc. are available to meet and discuss career goals, direction....even if you don't work in that department or business unit. When the housing market rebounds, USG environment should improve.

    Cons

    Many layoffs and minimal (one) merit increases during the downturn. USG has a new strategy and the attitude of Sr. Mgmt is, "get on board or get out." Subsequently, individuals are hesistant to give an opinion or their thoughts on the new ideas. I believe HR is often inept and doesn't always have the back of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When business picks up for USG, reward the employees that stuck around. Get back to promoting from within and giving training opportunities for employees to move around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good, opportunity to advance early in career is great, pay good in middle US and South, but behind scale in NE and Calif, good people to work with

    Cons

    lots of relocation to advance, corporate can be detached from field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on streamlining all areas of organization, not just the field operations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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