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USG Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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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)

Cons
  • Work life balance has steadily deteriorated (in 6 reviews)

  • Limited short term opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Rollercoaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at USG full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers were friendly and hardworking. The location by Union station is convenient.

    Cons

    Annual rounds of lay offs. Every time a quarterly number is missed, the only strategy is to layoff more people. Little job security. It isn't clear how they can compete given all the debt that they need to pay off.

    Advice to Management

    Plan out resource needs so we aren't hiring staff one week and laying off the next. The L&W business unit and manufacturing need to work as a team.


  2. "nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. This place is filled with bullies...don't work there...it is not worth what you will have to put up with.

    Cons

    If you enjoy being bullied this is the place for you

    Advice to Management

    You are not the smartest person in the room. Stop throwing your people under the bus for dumb decisions you made.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at USG full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, get to go home at the end of the day to escape the drama.

    Cons

    No leadership, disrespectfull to hourly workers, have lost the vision of how to operate a production facility, noone takes responsibility


  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 (1)

    "USG"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good work-life balance, but not a place to grow your career."

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule and good work-life balance. Comfortable, low stress work environment that can make the workplace enjoyable.

    Cons

    It is an old company where things tend to move very slowly. There is very limited opportunity for merit based career progression. If you have worked there long enough, you will get the promotion and title over someone that is more deserving. You can easily assume a role that is low stress and remain in it for years.

    Advice to Management

    Once the economy recovers, they will need to reinvigorate the organization with an infusion of new, forward-thinking leadership.


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