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USG Reviews

Updated August 22, 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. "USG worth a look"

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    Current Employee - Retired, Contractor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Retired, Contractor in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    not sure.


  2. "Great environment, if you can handle a little uncertainty"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Logistics Services Manager in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep investing in talent during the downturn

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great US manufacturing company,"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "USG is a good place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Communicate more freely when it comes to changes in the company.


  5. "USG is a great place to work when work is available."

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Plan further ahead. MIned gypsum operations on the east coast need to be reviewed in detail to ensure that they are cost effective.


  6. "Great place to work if you don't require market value salary."

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is a great place to work, very laid back. From a technical perspective it's an open playground to mature your skills.

    Cons

    The company refuses to pay market value for some of the highly technical positions. Some of the technical positions they don't even recognize because it doesn't fit thier organizational charts.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your hiring practice. Create a new employee retention program to keep your skilled individuals in-house long-term.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, highest Quality products,

    Cons

    Cyclic nature of business makes job security risky

    Advice to Management

    Good job in removing leadership with questionable integrity

  8. "Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Manager of Operation, in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager of Operation, in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good integrity , quality people, High quality products with good service levels, Benefit packages are excellent and leadership at the high levels are strong

    Cons

    Business is very cyclic tied to housing starts this makes long term planning for strategic efforts difficult and employee retention tenuous.

    Advice to Management

    All though many of the outdated less qualified peope have been eliminated recently, some still need to be gotten rid of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Great People, Interesting Work...BUT Low pay"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many employees have been there a long, long time.
    Everyone is very friendly with each other.
    Interesting work for minimal amount of employees left.
    Company is pro-lateral moves in career
    Work/Life balance
    Location of HQ

    Cons

    Pay
    Company depends on housing market
    Not many opportunities to advance
    Many layoffs
    Did I mention, pay!!

    Advice to Management

    Take care of what is left of the actual workers in the company. If your not giving out bonuses/merit increases, don't take them yourselves.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Outgrew USG"

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    USG has a tradition of high integrity, respect in the market, and workplace safety. There is enough diversity in plant locations and operations that an employee willing to relocate can get experience in a variety of situations. Most USG managers are eager to help employees improve their skills whether through internal training or tuition reimbursement programs. For plant operations folks, the non-union environment makes for a less stressful workplace. Perhaps the best reason to work at USG for those early in their careers is when the building materials business eventually turns around, and it will, there will be promotion opportunities galore.

    Cons

    A characteristic of USG that is a double edged sword is the authority they give the Plant Managers. How that authority is exercised often determines the quality of worklife at a plant. A really good plant manager usually means a great place to work. And the opposite is true, unfortunately. Plants truly are a reflection of that Plant Manager's personality and management style.

    Another problem on the sales side is how sales executives clone themselves through promotions. Perhaps the recession caused a reality check, but it was almost required to have great hair and/or low-handicap golf score to rise in the sales ranks. They building products business is a relationship game and too often sales managers cut deals with big customers without their local sales rep ever finding out until told by the customer. Sales reps at USG have the toughest jobs, no question about it. They put up with more nonsense than you can believe.

    USG was very slow to adopt modern information technology compared to other Fortune 500 corporations. Individuals drove the change and the corporation had to catch up. Management has a history of being conservative and that conservatism drove many innovative people away.

    Advice to Management

    USG needs to adopt the practice of having employees 're-interview' for their jobs after they've been in them for a while. What happens is the business changes, the person changes, and not always is the change parallel. There are lots of people at USG who are economic hostages, taking up space because they are so enmeshed in the safety net they cannot free themselves to seek a career change that is really a better fit for them and the company. For those employees in management/technical roles who've been with USG for 20+ years and are career plateaued, invest in a win-win process to find something invigorating for them. That new job may not necessarily be with USG.


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