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USG Reviews

Updated April 5, 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)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work and build a successful career, grow, be well compensated, safe, and become part of a family."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Integrity, Opportunity, Safety, Good compensation, Family oriented, Challenging, Rewards creativity, Great location opportunities, Education support, Family Support, Fun

    Cons

    Cyclical industry, frequency of relocation, little access to Senior Management

    Advice to Management

    Open doors and be more visible. Having worked at corporate for over a year I have yet to be introduced to the majority of the people on the 18th floor.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Only work here when housing is good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When the market is good, the bonuses are good. As you can imagine, this company is leveraged to the housing market. This means that when times are good, housing is good, and this company will make a ton of money. As is with most companies, this means that morale will be high and folks will advance within the company as it expands.

    Another benefit is this company has great benefits. 401K and pension ... which is rare to find today. They reward folks for being here a number of years, as I have meet several that have been with the company over 30+ years.

    Cons

    When the market is bad, bonuses are bad, morale is in the toilet, constant layoffs, and they work you to the bone. A simple Google search will show you that the company has had five layoffs within the past 10 years. During these layoffs management will typically cull away the bottom performers in the first round and then make political reductions in subsequent rounds. If you are not in the "inner circle" then you can forget about your job. Within the IT Dept they have had three CIO's over the past 10 years. And none of them have been an acting CIO from another organization.

    Advice to Management

    You have several departments that conduct layoffs based solely on political strategy rather than performance to the organization. Wise up!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Has been for in survival mode for too long"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader, work-life balance, compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of career growth and personal development. Lack of performance management and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Stop waiting for the market to improve. Instead, tackle the core issues.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "More about bosses, less about employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Credit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Area Credit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Reasonable pay. Nice offices

    Cons

    Managers are more concerned about their own jobs and looking politically correct, than about doing the right thing. There is little support for employees. They are going thru huge changes as they try to "outsource" everything. I would advise waiting a few years before working for this organization. Hopefully they will soon realize their mistakes and go back to basics were hard work is acknowledged and rewarded. They need to get rid of the mid-level managers that, as I said above, are more concerned with being politically correct as opposed to doing the correct thing.

    Advice to Management

    Read the message above


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company has forgotten the people who stuck with them."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Foreman
    Former Employee - Maintenance Foreman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good hardworking people within the company.

    Cons

    Downsizing through the years has prevented people from being able to advance. People who stuck with them through the tough times by taking on more work and not getting raises have not been appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Don't continue to count on employees sticking around and doing two or three peoples
    who got laid off jobs. As jobs become available employees you take for granted will seek other employment. I worked with USG for over 15 years and being treated like that made me leave.


  7. "civil servant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    job security is there if you are full time

    Cons

    almost everything else about the career isn't inspiring

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your mission


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Tough decade yields same company. Current management loathe to make game changing decisions."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair benefits, wonderful non-C suite people, great location, excellent work-life balance, nice office space. Opportunities to gain diverse experience early in career. Great place for early career development.

    Cons

    C-Suite execs completely out of touch with the realities of the business. Empty suits playing businessman/woman. Linear thinkers who arrived at the top by riding the market growth wave. Don't stay past the 10 year mark - get your experience and move on. It is a very insular world. Advancement is not meritorious.

    Advice to Management

    Check your ego at the door and stop bullying people. Everyone is afraid of you and therefore you don't get honest feedback. The perception is that you think you can do it all alone and don't need any input from your leadership teams. Look in the mirror and check your ego. Company performance under your tenure is underperforming the market. That's on you. Stop telling all of your employees about all of your vacation houses or that you bought your 16 year old a BMW or how much money you have! The expression "tone deaf" was written for you. You are getting rich on the backs of the people you bully all day long.


  9. "very profit motivated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the benefits were very good

    Cons

    The company's management was very old school


  10. "Could"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Date Input in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Date Input in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Clean and up to date

    Cons

    However, the management was very poor in terms of delegating responsibility and task for when they would consistently leave without notice to either work in the Chicago location or to go on their vacation for the third time in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Help new employees to get to know the other employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible! They are unprofessional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good, I think thats about it. Wish it could of worked out for us both but it didn't

    Cons

    They are an unprofessional group as a whole, lead you on to thinking you had a position they full well knew was going to someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional, honest and up front



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