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USG Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    USG is a good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great US manufacturing company,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great environment, if you can handle a little uncertainty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    USG worth a look

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retired, Contractor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Retired, Contractor in McLean, VA

    I have been working at USG

    Pros

    Job security, mission oriented, benefits are better than the private sector, can take early retirement and pursue a second career. I know the government takes a hard rap at times and has a reputation as being mediocre in the way employees respond, but having worked both in government and private sector, I can say I am impressed overall with the professionalism of the government worker that works in the area of homeland security.

    Cons

    bureacracy, salary is a little lower than in the private sector, but offset by retirement benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Over all good environment to grow career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Upper management at corporate level are great at mentoring and development. Work events are always a great time

    Cons

    Plant personnel need to allow corporate shared services to develop. Plants needs to purged old and incompetent management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture isn't too rough depending on your department. Finance team is very experienced. Office is in a good location. Good benefits

    Cons

    Some departments are exposed to more of the business than others. Overall, the majority of the finance team is exposed to good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiringfrom within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good co-workers, friendly environment, poor middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion 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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