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USG Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 (1)

    "Director FP&A"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "IT"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, easy commute from Union Station

    Cons

    Poor health insurance, old boy network, after work socializing is expected, aggressive personalities do well

  3. "United States Gypsum"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Five Stars for Safety Procedures
    Pay is above average

    Cons

    Work effeciency is progressing very slowly

    Advice to Management

    Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen strategies need significant improvement


  4. "Decent company with some concerns"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Flexible career paths, ability to develop leadership skills through employee resource groups, generally good co-workers, nice location in the West Loop

    Cons

    Employee morale varies by department, remnants of the "old boys club" still lingers, talks the big talk about diversity but the demographic make up of mid to senior management tells a different story


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible! They are unprofessional"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All the people in the office are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Company culture is methodical and requires patience.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at USG part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Down-to-earth people.
    + Access to senior management
    + Good location in the downtown Chicago

    Cons

    None that I could think of for now

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Technician I"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician I in Walworth, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician I in Walworth, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Did not require great experience to get transferred to a new job. If person showed ability if was easier to get a different job.

    Cons

    Company had a very hard attendance program. It was very easy to get fired for tardiness or absenteeism. Denied sick days because the company thought it promoted absenteeism.

    Advice to Management

    Company projects were often pushed before employees had a chance to appreciate. Programs were often changed before they were understood. Often promoted negative attitudes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Enginner Coop"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southard, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southard, OK

    Pros

    Great company. Good advancement for engineers

    Cons

    Was not offered full time employment because I was not a mining engineer major


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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