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USG Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
87 Reviews
3.4
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.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    It was a fun experience even with us being bought out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Great co-workers who turned out to be friends.
    Relaxed atmosphere, we could always have fun even in a stressful environment.

    Cons

    We were working a lot of Saturdays in a row.
    Hours were being cut back.
    Threat of layoffs led to scared workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to bring back some of the fun that was there before.
    Happier staff leads to better work and less turnover, I believe.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent office space and work environment, hit or miss management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Planner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    Really nice office building. clean, comfortable, and contemporary work environment and work spaces. More than enough meeting rooms from large to small. Tons of natural light from full floor to ceiling windows. My first manager was excellent; he cared about my professional development and career, as well as my person life and well being.

    Cons

    Some managers are much better than others. When I was laid off I was working for a manger that although micro managed, did not understand our teams day to day activities or how they impact the company. My manager also didn't want us thinking outside the confinements of the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the workforce to critique their managers. Give opportunities outside of the employees direct area of work, especially if interest is shown.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Industry Leader with great reputation for quality and service.
    Many talented people who work hard and are helpful to fellow employes

    Cons

    The on going depression characteristics of the building materials business has resulted in constant layoffs with many good people terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much capacity in the industry. We need to reduce ours further and buy other companies that have plants were we are not competitive.

  6.  

    Overall "OK"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not very diversified to weather economic hardships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not fear change.

  7.  

    Stuck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Outststanding people. Great work-life balance. Perfect location & office environment. Highest level of integrity.

    Cons

    Waiting for housing market rebound. Career and comp on hold. People are pension locked and just waiting for retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait for the market. Get serious about change. This is the new normal!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    I liked working there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Solid management who cared about employees
    Great location in downtown Chicago

    Cons

    Overbuilding causing negative outlook and layoffs
    Some of the work was repetitive
    Things could get boring sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think,despite having been laid off, that management has the right strategy to weather the economic outlook. I look forward to possibly being hired back someday.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Eh...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    - Excellent people with many years of experience
     - Everyone is willing to help/friendly environemtn
     - Pension plan

    Cons

    - promotions are based on favoritism rather than actual performance.
     - HR DOES NOT act as YOUR advocate
     - huge difference in pay between managers and regular employees
     - most managers have their jobs only because of who they know and how long they have been
       employed.
     - low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - terrible communication and tone from the top coming from the senior management team
     - many efforts are duplicated within the company
     - work force reductions have demoralized the company

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Accommodates family needs and personal time off and when times are good morale is high.

    Cons

    HR performance evaluation system is not reliable and it appears that promotion are based on favoritism within certain circles rather than merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to review performance evaluation process.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    troubled times breed dissension. it's not the loyalty-oriented place it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG

    Pros

    environmental responsibility
    integrity of employees
    interesting manufacturing processes
    in more robust business environment, good training opps and good opps for advancement.
    education reimbursement for college degrees
    great benefits package, including defined-benefit pension plan
    good severance package for management; ok package for emps
    HQ location downtown Chicago right by Union Station

    Cons

    housing industry is in the tank; future looks bleak; recently laid off 40% of salaried workforce and closed a number of manufacturing facilities.
    pretense of diversity commitment
    company has been in bankruptcy twice since 1990
    troubled times breed dissension. it's not the loyalty-oriented place it used to be.
    heavily cyclical business really hurting with current housing market; not getting better any time soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out while you can

    Approves of CEO

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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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