USG Reviews

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

3.4
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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.  

    Good Company to work for

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    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    All though many of the outdated less qualified peope have been eliminated recently, some still need to be gotten rid of.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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    A very safety concious company that is a leader in thier industry both with thier products and manufacturing safety. A very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Work never seems to end and with the current economy you end up doing much more with much less. You cannot get away from work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management thinks they communicate well but they don't. Most of the upper management came up through the plants but they've been in the corporate environment for so long they forget that the plants are what make the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Underwriting Assistant Job review

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Friendly and Helpful Co-workers
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Growth and advancing to next level takes some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work if you don't require market value salary.

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    The environment is a great place to work, very laid back. From a technical perspective it's an open playground to mature your skills.

    Cons

    The company refuses to pay market value for some of the highly technical positions. Some of the technical positions they don't even recognize because it doesn't fit thier organizational charts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your hiring practice. Create a new employee retention program to keep your skilled individuals in-house long-term.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    USG is a great place to work when work is available.

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

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Typically promote from within and provide opportunities for advancement openly. Market leader in sales and product development. Non-union environment and management working to ensure fairness for all employees.

    Cons

    Business cycles create frequent layoff situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan further ahead. MIned gypsum operations on the east coast need to be reviewed in detail to ensure that they are cost effective.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    USG is a good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    There are many career opportunities and advancement possibilities. Flexibility in work hours and schedule.

    Cons

    Construction market is bad right now so there have been several rounds of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more freely when it comes to changes in the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great US manufacturing company,

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

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    I was satisfied with USG because the culture was laid back and the potential to move from one functional area to another was great from a development stand point. I always felt like I was treated fairly and management runs a company you can be proud of.

    Cons

    The downside to working for USG was that it's business is getting hammered by the weak housing market. Management made the right moves to reduce costs in the new environment, but that led to reduced career opportunities for up and comers. I decided to leave instead of waiting in the doldrums.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear Senior Management, please give your young professionals more leadership opportunites or more clearly define career development From our view, USG is top heavy with people in the 20+ year range. There will come a day when all of your currnet leaders will need to retire and you will not have a pool of successful candidates, who know the business well, to fill the retirees' spots.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great environment, if you can handle a little uncertainty

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Services Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Logistics Services Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Low stress environment at the corporate office, commitment to diversity, great coworkers, generous tuition reimbursement, ability to move to different departments or locations to advance your career as opportunities come up

    Cons

    shaky industry, poor raises in unprofitable years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in talent during the downturn

    Approves of CEO

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