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Updated December 25, 2018
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Pros
  • "USG has a Good work life balance" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Great people, Great Benefits, Diversity, job growth" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Layoffs since 2008 when housing market crashed" (in 7 reviews)

  • "heavily cyclical business really hurting with current housing market; not getting better any time soon" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent people to work with."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at USG full-time

    Pros

    Safety was in the forefront of everybody's mind in the company. A focus on the employee was evident daily.

    Cons

    Cyclical business dependent largely on the housing market.


  2. "Great Job, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love working in Chicago. You have a lot of freedom and no micro managing. Very easy going environment that makes it easy to get comfortable.

    Cons

    The chance of layoffs and executive management is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    USG should be more profitable.

  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products and good research and development team.

    Cons

    Poor management, lower and higher, limited to no coaching, no solutions just blame game. No strategy applied, Just talked about. Lots of documentation that uses up valuable time and is used half hazardly.

    Advice to Management

    To higher management: understand clearly what your management team is really doing to mentor and support the team to move marketshare. Policing is not the answer.


  4. "Good for starting professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for starting professionals for credible experience

    Cons

    Mid career may require switch to another company for significant growth


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very Disappointing - Look Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Downtown location. Generally decent people.

    Cons

    Cyclical industry. Bonuses are poor. Very administrative for no reason and no value. Frustrating environment. Not the best leadership or management in certain departments. Arrogance and the blame game occurs at times. Poor teamwork and collaboration. Very reactive to industry rather than proactive. Good at explaining why targets are missed rather than aggressively putting plans to address. Your job duties will be 1-2 levels below your experience. A bit of a mess to be honest.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hijacking the organization’s time, money, and resources on massive programs that are expensive and are not delivering value. Start focusing on delivering business results.


  6. "Salary Band"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USG full-time

    Pros

    you can easily get raise within your band

    Cons

    It's impossible to "jump" bands. If you started at low band, it will take you very long time to move up the ladder and get better pay.


  7. "Good Company, Poorly Managed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very family like, and it's easy to understand why people stay at USG for an extended tenure!

    Cons

    Most areas are already stretched thin, with consistently increasing responsibilities. Management is an old-school boy's club preventing most employees of growing within their teams. Most growth must be found from moving sector to sector.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to the lower-ranked individuals within all areas of the company. These professionals take on more work in a month than most managers in a year. These individuals are the backbone to this company, please try harder to keep them happy and motivated.

  8. "Administrative Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great Benefits, Diversity, job growth

    Cons

    Tends to have lay offs


  9. "Was very nice, the NKC plant team was amazing. Family oriented and helpful."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer Co-Op in North Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer Co-Op in North Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are super nice and helpful in projects. Even as an intern the respect and opportunities you get are amazing.

    Cons

    Don't know with the acquisition how things will play out


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people on the floor

    Cons

    Management egomaniacs, lip service on safely