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Pros
  • USG has a Good work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • They had great people working there in the front office and on the manufacturing floor (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "In-expereienced management teams"

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    Former Employee - Production in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Production in Auburn, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at USG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some Co-workers we great to work with

    Cons

    in experienced managers on how to train and lead people


  2. "Director FP&A"

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    Former Employee - Valuation Director in Prospect Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Valuation Director in Prospect Heights, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Encourage learning and provides various experiences.

    Cons

    Poor executive team always looking for short term fixes.

    Advice to Management

    The company has been around for over 100 years, make decisions based on the idea it will last another 100.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not the place I loved....."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are dedicated and push boundaries - great culture of work/life balance and family-first thinking.

    Cons

    The management team is completely disconnected with all sorts of weird power plays happening on the 18th floor which unfortunately translates to annual lay-offs, the loss of some amazing and smart people and budget cuts that make it nearly impossible to maintain a competitive advantage. Employees are paranoid to spend money or say the wrong thing for fear of their job/reputation. Consistently cutting marketing and sales spending which makes it harder and harder to compete when frankly our competition is investing. Outdated and legacy technology platforms that are hobbled together makes it hard to do the most basic jobs - like customer service - I think we are still on green screens! We launch new products, build momentum and then don't invest in the plants so we can't manufacture the product. Definitely don't put the customer first.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop worrying about their own titles and salaries and start thinking about what made this company so great in the first place. The CEO has surrounded himself with only those who say "yes sir". I wouldn't be surprised if the company is sold or acquired due to poor top of house management.


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  5. "Presue Other Options"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spruce Pine, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spruce Pine, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable uniforms. Plant Manager is a great guy.

    Cons

    No autonomy. Some managers need to understand that this is not 1940's Germany (although some managers would have fit in there just fine). Employees do have the capacity, and should have the freedom to make good decisions.

    You can do an amazing job on 99 tasks and not hear one word, yet make one single mistake and immediate retribution.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire employees, and make them want to succeed towards a common goal. Offer monthly pay incentives based off of performance.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Has lost its leadership and corporate values"

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    Former Employee - Multiple Leadership Positions in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Multiple Leadership Positions in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Past history of leadership and employee retention. Strong brand strength was created thru commitment and long term focus.

    Cons

    Current management now uses the company as their own personal piggy bank. Unfortunately the organization has forgotten what made them an industry leader.

    Advice to Management

    Regain past focus on integrity and employee retention.


  7. "They really don't care about their employees as long as they get their money,avoid this company."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at USG as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    none theres nothing good about it.

    Cons

    everything, low pay I don't even know the managers all the responsibility goes to the supervisors.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator"

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    Former Employee - IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place if you are planning to retire in less than five years.
    You can be invisible and avoid work if you keep your mouth shut during meetings.
    War rooms are management staff having free lunch and surfing the internet.
    Able to negotiate salary and 3-4 weeks PTO if you are coming from consulting.

    Cons

    Company income based on only a few products.
    Directors or above are robbing the company.
    Traditional sweat shop concept.
    Management is a joke.
    Preferred hiring outside contractors and no internal promotions unless you have connections.
    No merit increase for a few years
    Only lower level employees doing all the work.
    Dead end career path.
    Try to run IT as a business but ending up as a joke because of management failure.
    Other departments refused to work with IT because IT is always over promised and under delivered. Plus most staff is clueless of what they are doing because of high turnover rate.
    Benefits are going downhill.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work (#sarcastic). Enjoy while you can.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lazy please apply here..you will favored here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Chicago, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay..paid weekly..meet some cool people

    Cons

    Where do i begin..Usg east chicago plant is the worst..in board and jt deparments they hire all LAZY PEOPLE and they do nothing at work for 12 hours.but they try to use the hell out of people who do try to come to work n work. they equipment is old n breaks down all day. Everyday they have the same problems or new ones.makes a 12hour day so hard..they dont care at all..mangement sucks..Hr doesnt care.the formen sit in the office all day on facebook n craiglist. instead of getting the lazy ppl to work.the current supervisor is scary..Sacred of his employees the ppl who dont be working or doing anything all day he dont say anything to them but constatly tells the good workers to do everything..the department manager doesnt care either he runs several departments so he doesnt have time..no life to work balance.then you are told you have to work on a day you was off at the last minute..they pay should be higher to work here considering the equipment is out of date and breaks down all day long..everyone is scared to speak up if you do your a target..i would not try to get anyone to work here. WORST PLACE TO WORK..they treat ppl terrible.they dont train u properly they use to now training is relieving someone for break .something goes wrong that person doesnt even know what too do. they have their favorites..all the ppl who are lazy. i see why ppl who been here 10yrs or more come in and say they quit..this company needs to be fair n hire better ppl also if you are late all the time you wont get fired until you have been late about 30 times they dont stick to the policy. They dont listen to you and they dont care about you bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Do you know how the equipment runs in e.c. indiana..probably not huh? The hiring process needs to be more strict..hiring overweight ppl for jobs that reqiure ppl to do heavy lifting and being able to move fast but safetly is not good..and the lazy ppl why do usg keep these ppl who are non productive..someone needs to come out as a undercover boss to see whats going on..secert cameras need to be put up so it can be shown whos here to work and whos not..i dont mind working hard..thats what i come to work to do ..but y should i when the lazy ppl..is patted on the back all the time..REALLY USG REALLY??


  10. Helpful (2)

    "USG used to be a GREAT place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great people work here
    Company provides a lot of opportunites for laterial moves

    Cons

    Middle Management in position because of years of service not quality of work
    no real advancement opportunities
    several workforce reductions and no Manager, ever seem to get cut, too much work for lower level employees.
    salary freeze since 2008
    Sr. level managers keep getting longer titles and promotions

    Advice to Management

    Provide career paths
    Do something about middle management
    provide at minimum cost of living increases


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Minimum raises result in lower pay over career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good products and a safe work enviroment

    Cons

    Company continues to struggle thru tough economic times.
    Payroll discrepencies favor newer employees over long term employees
    Limited short term opportunities for advancement



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