USG Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
82 Reviews
3.4
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacking ethics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safety was stressed at manufacturing locations.

    Cons

    Ethics were lacking, unethical actions were expected to reach goals for bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great company and people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-Life balance at USG is not something to which lip service is paid, but is real. This is rare. Also, USG's employees are generally more agreeable and easier to work with than anywhere else that I have worked. The atmosphere is collaberative and cooperative. This is a very solid company that has been around for over 100 years, and is positioned to do very well once construction's rebound gets some legs

    Cons

    Compensation is average. As is common in Industry, employees' workloads are pretty high. Given how process-oriented IT has become, this can be a source of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have a lot of confidence in upper management. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Sales rep

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  New England, ND
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New England, ND

    I worked at USG full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a stressful job at all. Often work together with your clients identifying new projects and identify potential wall board demand

    Cons

    Not many , future potential for advancement not as great as other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the people who act as foot soldiers . We represent the company at the mist basic level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Business analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at USG as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    It is kinda boring and easy work

  6.  

    Great people. Process laden.

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    Former Employee - Applications Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Applications Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USG full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, so-so environment

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    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Good company but perhaps wait until the housing industy improves

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at USG full-time for 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
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time for 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
  11.  

    Fair company to work for with old school values.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USG full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pension & 401K. Good healthcare insurance. Dedication to keeping its workers safe and free from injury.

    Cons

    lots of paperwork that could be done electronically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce paperwork.
    Utilize retiring work force by having them pass their knowledge and skills to new workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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