USG Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great people, so-so environment

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

    I worked at USG full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great people. Process laden.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Working for the USG has been challenging but satisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It offers a great work life balance.

    Cons

    There is virtually no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    The 'kiss-up-spit-down" practice backfires, so managers would be better off treating the staff with respect and courtesy.


  6. A life long learning experience and an adaptable buisiness entity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maint Tech in Gypsum, OH
    Current Employee - Maint Tech in Gypsum, OH

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady Work, and A good Safety Culture

    Cons

    Lower than average in career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Be more attentive of in house talent and its value to the organization.


  7. Sales Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to foster leadership skills.

    Cons

    Compensation growth is sluggish despite being a top performer.

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving more in compensation to outstanding employees.


  8. This is a company that has been stable and growing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Management in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Property Management in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They don't throw out the baby with the bath water (so to speak). In other words, if a person doesn't work out in one position they will give them a chance in another provided that person shows the desire to work it out.

    Cons

    Communication is one the biggest problems. Communication between corporate to corporate, field to field and corporate to field. This area needs a lot of work. Reviews are not done and raises are far and few between.

    Advice to Management

    Communication should be better, reviews should be done on a regular basis and raises should be given on a minimum of an annual basis when the employee has shown to be valuable with a strong work ether, team player and produces time after time.


  9. Been here over a year, good money, not much time off.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Factory in Gypsum, OH
    Current Employee - Factory in Gypsum, OH

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is GREAT! Benefits are great! Two weeks vacation after a year (if you take advantage of buying a week as offered). Talk of going to 4 shifts that would swing, 12 hour shifts, 3 days on/4 days off then 4 days on/ 3 days off. Would then have every other weekend off! Would work half a year. Schedule set for a year ahead of time.

    Cons

    No weekends off. Sometimes work 11-17 days straight (with a day off here and there). Tough on family life.

    Advice to Management

    Go to the 4 shifts swing. The set schedules would be a HUGE moral builder with employees!!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Experience, Colleagues, Balance. Poor Pay, Recognition, Lots of "Good Ol Boy's Club"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer (Plant Location)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer (Plant Location)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain experience right out of college. USG had a pretty well established entry training program through hiring project engineers into plants and having them run projects. Program really collapsed due to downsizing and hiring freezes/cut backs during recession. College recruiting is totally different now and is a shell of its former offering. If you do get in, especially at a larger plant, it can be incredible work experience running small to medium size capital and process improvement projects.

    Cons

    The recession really hammered USG. They lost 95% of all young professionals that were less than 5 years in prior to recession. As the business recovers, there will be the need for new managers and the like that they will not be able to fill. The company is well known, and will freely admit "you'll like your job for the colleagues and the love of the company, not due to pay". So that said, the only ones getting rich at USG are specific managers in the plants that have moved around and "played the game" and people at the corporate office. The plants have exceptional staff, in particular young professionals, that are borderline abused from a compensation standpoint. For promotional opportunities, plan to move from plant to plant. Current relo program is very unfriendly to new hires, the old program is solid. The only way to advance without moving is to be one of the elite, and have someone carve out the right spot for you. Like a plant level version of the good 'ol boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing employee surveys until you begin publishing results, a team to correct deficiencies and target dates. Assign firm and decisive authority to actually do something.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good co-workers, friendly environment, poor middle management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great and for the most part the people are good to work with. It is a very friendly environment and the work is generally interesting and challenging. The direction upper management is giving is good and the stated culture is good.

    Cons

    The stated culture does not live up to the reality. Work life balance has steadily deteriorated. There often seem to be too many managers and not enough people actually doing the work..



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