USG
3.3 of 5 71 reviews
www.usg.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

USG Reviews

Updated Apr 06, 2014
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3.3 71 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

USG CEO James S. Metcalf

James S. Metcalf

(14 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "It offers a great work life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "The people you work with are good people"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "company's success is tied to the housing market"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The on going depression characteristics of the building materials business has resulted in constant layoffs with many good people terminated"
    in 3 reviews
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Great company to make a career with

Mining Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at USG as an intern for less than a year

ProsFor engineering majors, great opportunity for fast advancement through the ranks and many opportunities to travel throughout the US by transferring to numerous plant locations. Reward superior performance and loyalty with quick advancement.

ConsAll engineering jobs lead to management positions. If you enjoy design and applying your degree, there are less roads to advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider hiring experienced engineers for mining engineer positions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Meh

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at USG full-time

ProsDecent Salary. And some good catering

ConsIT department is just a mess

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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OK but used to be better

IT Management (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at USG full-time for more than 10 years

ProsDedicated people who really care oabout the business. This is a very relationship oriented company.

ConsManagement tends not to value folks with many years of experience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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USG provided great opportunities for me!

Human Resources Manager (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

I worked at USG full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe ability to see many facilities and places across the country.

ConsExempt team members are typically required to relocate to promote.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Everyone wants to play on a winning team

Systems Designer II (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at USG full-time for more than a year

ProsThey treat employees well.
When the economy is good and goals are met, employees are rewarded.
Employees are great to work with.

ConsSometimes when there is an urgent need to fill a role, they hire contractors and/or employees that don't meet expectations.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave higher standards for candidates during the interview process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator

IT Lead - Oracle Database Administrator (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at USG full-time for more than a year

ProsGood place if you are planning to retire in less than five years.
You can be invisible and avoid work if you keep your mouth shut during meetings.
War rooms are management staff having free lunch and surfing the internet.
Able to negotiate salary and 3-4 weeks PTO if you are coming from consulting.

ConsCompany income based on only a few products.
Directors or above are robbing the company.
Traditional sweat shop concept.
Management is a joke.
Preferred hiring outside contractors and no internal promotions unless you have connections.
No merit increase for a few years
Only lower level employees doing all the work.
Dead end career path.
Try to run IT as a business but ending up as a joke because of management failure.
Other departments refused to work with IT because IT is always over promised and under delivered. Plus most staff is clueless of what they are doing because of high turnover rate.
Benefits are going downhill.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work (#sarcastic). Enjoy while you can.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is a company that has been stable and growing.

Property Management (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I have been working at USG full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThey don't throw out the baby with the bath water (so to speak). In other words, if a person doesn't work out in one position they will give them a chance in another provided that person shows the desire to work it out.

ConsCommunication is one the biggest problems. Communication between corporate to corporate, field to field and corporate to field. This area needs a lot of work. Reviews are not done and raises are far and few between.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication should be better, reviews should be done on a regular basis and raises should be given on a minimum of an annual basis when the employee has shown to be valuable with a strong work ether, team player and produces time after time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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More about bosses, less about employees

Area Credit Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at USG full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood benefits. Reasonable pay. Nice offices

ConsManagers 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 Senior ManagementRead the message above

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

I have been working at USG full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat company to foster leadership skills.

ConsCompensation growth is sluggish despite being a top performer.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider giving more in compensation to outstanding employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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VERY DECENT EXPERIENCE

Retail Sales (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at USG full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery Supportive Manager
Good Learning Experience
Good Benefits
Company takes great care of you
Possibility for advancement is there if you are willing to work hard and wait
Best job I ever had

ConsMy positive experience is a result of not only the work that I did there but also because of the manager I worked for. He was very fair, supportive and positive. But it was my understanding that some managers in other parts of the country were very difficult to work for.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is my understanding that my former manager has recently been promoted and I think he is now in charge of USGs biggest retail national account. My advice to management is that you should try to follow his management style, you will create a more positive atmosphere and will get better results from your retail sales team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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