USG Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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
  2. 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company in a currently bad economy

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    • 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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Very Positive

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    Current Employee - Military Officer
    Current Employee - Military Officer

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Reason for joining was duty to country and the chance to "give something back". That being said, USG provides opportunities to learn skillsets for life, travel, etc.

    Cons

    Inflexibility of bureacratic environment; promotion is a matter of "time in grade" vice recognizing someone for individual merit. Trying to staff a new idea or initiative can be like trying to turn a large ship on a dime. Not an easy feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the employees to make decisions at the lower level. Many good ideas have died an early death as the weight of the bureaucratic process was difficult to overcome.

    Recommends
  6. Fair but limited future.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Opurtunity to move about the country.
    Opurtunity to learn the business and technical aspects of company.
    Well established market leader in product sector.

    Cons

    Poor business climate currently. Depending on location and product line you may be limited to opurtunities. Poor performance rewards system.

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Benefits, Great People, Interesting Work...BUT Low pay

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Many employees have been there a long, long time.
    Everyone is very friendly with each other.
    Interesting work for minimal amount of employees left.
    Company is pro-lateral moves in career
    Work/Life balance
    Location of HQ

    Cons

    Pay
    Company depends on housing market
    Not many opportunities to advance
    Many layoffs
    Did I mention, pay!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of what is left of the actual workers in the company. If your not giving out bonuses/merit increases, don't take them yourselves.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Excellent, lots to learn each day.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    great benefits, very good compensation, location ( right in front of union station), nice office building, sponsored tuition for higher level education. can move to different jobs within company, many opportunities to explore growth and interests.

    Cons

    company's success is tied to the housing market. this can be hard for promotions when housing market is in a rut, as is the current situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to the employees in the "rank and file" more often, see how things are going, and do something like undercover boss

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager of Operation, in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager of Operation, in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    good integrity , quality people, High quality products with good service levels, Benefit packages are excellent and leadership at the high levels are strong

    Cons

    Business is very cyclic tied to housing starts this makes long term planning for strategic efforts difficult and employee retention tenuous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All though many of the outdated less qualified peope have been eliminated recently, some still need to be gotten rid of.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. godd company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    they offer great on the job training

    Cons

    To much red tape. Management to centralized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company in difficult environment. Keep investing in people, technology, and innovative products. Continue to lead the market with pricing and quality.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, highest Quality products,

    Cons

    Cyclic nature of business makes job security risky

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job in removing leadership with questionable integrity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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USG workers at the East Chicago manufacturing plant.
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