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USG Reviews

Updated July 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. "Fiberglass"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The job pays good in benefits

    Cons

    It's a company that is up in down so your hours can go from 60 to 36 hours do to lack of work

    Advice to Management

    Management no that good they don't believe in listening to the employee


  2. "machine operator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You do get plenty of hours

    Cons

    Do not move you so you can get your money. .it's hard to get your raise

  3. "Frustrating place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production
    Current Employee - Production
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good
    You get Benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Working hard gets you no where, promoted if your a good old boy or one of their sons, no place for women in plant supervisor positions or anywhere unless your happy being eye candy as the supervisors call it.

    Advice to Management

    With a woman being promoted to take over for the retiring CEO, you would think respect for women would be a big part of the USG culture. Unfortunately that's not the case in the different plants. When they get hit with a sexual harassment/ discrimination lawsuit maybe this will finally change. Until then look forward to being treated like a 2ND rate citizen.


  4. "Say one thing mean another bosses"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in East Chicago, IN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at USG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees always help one another, safe, won't fire you for messing up product. Good place to stay if you wanted a long career

    Cons

    Weekly swing shift, management will preach safety when everyone is around but always force production over safety, work life balance is nonexistent, management does not care about employees only dry wall

    Advice to Management

    Stop the swing shift. Listen to your employees. And stop preaching safety if all you care about is productivity, we all can see through your lies


  5. Helpful (1)

    ""Great company if you would like to be promoted every 3 years""

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The reasons to work for USG is that they promote from within the company as opposed to bringing people from the outside. They are the leader in their field except when there is a housing crises and they do not believe in unions.

    Cons

    The work/life balance does not exist. There is no concrete training provided to entry level employees as well as new managers. The company has many locations that are in remote areas of the country and if you plan to work at USG your whole life, you have to move to a different location/city every 3-5 years if you would like to be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to offer more training opportunities for entry level accoutants and engineers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "USG is just alright with me."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst. in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst. in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is excellent and it is a good place to work if you want to move every couple of years. As a manufacturing company, the company offers different working environments that may appeal to different individuals. If you want informal, jeans, and golf shirt, work in the manufacturing plants. If you want business professional, consider working at the company's headquarters in Chicago. There is also more of a flat management hierarchy at the plant level where you can see your individual contribution more clearly.

    Cons

    The company completely drops the ball with regards to the internal hiring process. Employees are disrespected throughout the process due to the inability of senior management to effectively communicate to the candidate why a hiring decision was made. Oftentimes, an employee may not even be told where they stand. Also, employees are often not given sufficient feedback after interviews.Currently, due to external factors, job security is very suspect. At the plant level, be prepared to have to implement policies from corporate. Many will not be well received and there is no consideration given to the resource constraints at the plants.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the internal hiring process to provide for greater transparency.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "troubled times breed dissension. it's not the loyalty-oriented place it used to be."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    environmental responsibility
    integrity of employees
    interesting manufacturing processes
    in more robust business environment, good training opps and good opps for advancement.
    education reimbursement for college degrees
    great benefits package, including defined-benefit pension plan
    good severance package for management; ok package for emps
    HQ location downtown Chicago right by Union Station

    Cons

    housing industry is in the tank; future looks bleak; recently laid off 40% of salaried workforce and closed a number of manufacturing facilities.
    pretense of diversity commitment
    company has been in bankruptcy twice since 1990
    troubled times breed dissension. it's not the loyalty-oriented place it used to be.
    heavily cyclical business really hurting with current housing market; not getting better any time soon

    Advice to Management

    get out while you can

  8. "Good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in West Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Accommodates family needs and personal time off and when times are good morale is high.

    Cons

    HR performance evaluation system is not reliable and it appears that promotion are based on favoritism within certain circles rather than merit based.

    Advice to Management

    Need to review performance evaluation process.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Eh..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Excellent people with many years of experience
     - Everyone is willing to help/friendly environemtn
     - Pension plan

    Cons

    - promotions are based on favoritism rather than actual performance.
     - HR DOES NOT act as YOUR advocate
     - huge difference in pay between managers and regular employees
     - most managers have their jobs only because of who they know and how long they have been
       employed.
     - low pay

    Advice to Management

    - terrible communication and tone from the top coming from the senior management team
     - many efforts are duplicated within the company
     - work force reductions have demoralized the company


  10. "I liked working there"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Solid management who cared about employees
    Great location in downtown Chicago

    Cons

    Overbuilding causing negative outlook and layoffs
    Some of the work was repetitive
    Things could get boring sometimes

    Advice to Management

    I think,despite having been laid off, that management has the right strategy to weather the economic outlook. I look forward to possibly being hired back someday.


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