USG Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Working for the USG has been challenging but satisfying

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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
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people. Process laden.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people, so-so environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. Good opportunities to move around, but not sure where they are headed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Great people to work with at many levels

    Cons

    Strategically lacking a sense of direction

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company but perhaps wait until the housing industy improves

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at USG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    USG is a good company with strong emphasis on building relationships among customers and employees. While the job often requires long or unusual hours, there is a strong belief in life balance. It is a great company for training and when the economy there will be ample opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The current economy makes advancement and employment, especially for those not in an engineering field can be risky. Must be willing to relocate to receive advancement within the manufacturing management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course but never forget the values of your people are your best assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good place to work

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

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    • 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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Excellent office space and work environment, hit or miss management

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    • 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
  10. A Good Place to Work

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    • 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.

  11. Overall "OK"

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    • 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.

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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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