PPG Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
221 Reviews
3.2
221 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • PPG sales positions provide a lot of work/life balance and scheudling flexibility (in 8 reviews)

  • good benefits, good people, laid back atmosphere, solid company, ethical (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonus is a terrible, upper management has no clue what they are doing (in 15 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is not important to PPG (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    good environment,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPG

    Pros

    solid company, great place to work

    Cons

    number driven, not enough young professionals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nothing but a number.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at PPG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent starting pay for manual labor at a DC

    Cons

    Too many useless employees standing around while others work. Many employees use intimidation and accusations to get others in trouble. Middle and upper management seems afraid to confront and dismiss these people and punish others instead. Middle management clueless as to what goes on on a day to day basis. Work standards are not evenly enforced. Advancement is purely based on your ability to brown nose. Mandatory overtime is instituted way to often, when hiring a few more people or making people pull their weight would eliminate the need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and clean house. Treating people who work hard like crap while treating those who don't like kings is bad. Make employee evaluations, individuals daily productivity numbers and reviews be done by someone outside the facility to avoid favoritism. Stop giving out overtime to people who do less during the day to make overtime to finish something necessary. Don't just promote your best buddy because it would be cool to have them in the office with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Lead in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Department Lead in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at PPG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PPG has Good Benefits, Great Job Security, And provides the opportunity to grow as an individual with training classes and the ability to take on as much responsibility as you are willing to take on.

    Cons

    Management is not focused on employee morale; they are to busy covering their own lack of solid leadership to provide solid leadership. They build you to advance but hold you back from advancing beyond their intimidate control. Management will not let good talent move up. If you are good at your job that's where you are going to stay because they don't want to move out of the comfort zone. If you are not so good or if you have some issues the will advance you until your issues are not important to them. example: if you cant make it in on time and are not getting along with your piers they promote you so being on time is not important and you are your piers boss now and they are scared to confront you about your issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about what corporate will think an run the the plant like you know you can and your employees and corporate will respect you more and stop making fun of your lack of intestinal fortitude.
    Don't over correct problems that don't need to be corrected to cover problems your to lazy to correct.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    *Warning* This is a dead end job. Unless, you can relocate!

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    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at PPG full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees can be, ok. It is really easy to get hired if you are drug free. You get to learn a lot about the coatings industry.

    Cons

    Pay is bad. Starting pay is bad, too. With bad starting pay the employees that are hired are not very good. Mistakes can cost the company a huge amount of money. If you mistint a quart and it gets put on a wall it can cost the company thousands of dollars. Most "professional" customers are one step away from being homeless. They use double standards in enforcing rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to pay people more too get quality employees. You can't expect zero errors with the type of people you hire. Also, don't use double standards when disciplining your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Should be an awesome job....but everyone used to work at SW and they just bring their bad SW habits over.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at PPG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work hours at first.....Sundays off....usually weekends off.

    Cons

    Ignorant management ....sales reps are paid on volume and not profit contribution....it will destroy your small bonus check. Management asks for things that you can't do because you just don't have the ended tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone that is young and has a college degree....you want to keep all of them you can get. When they leave a small piece of PPGS future dies also. Huge company....mom and pop mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Clueless upper management

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    Current Employee - Store Sales
    Current Employee - Store Sales

    I have been working at PPG full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    off at 5 pm everyday, sundays off, paid vacations and holidays with floaters.

    Company keeps buying up various companies which is good for long term company growth.

    Cons

    You are just a number with this company, upper management does not take care of the workers on the ground level. The rewards come as star reward points(which they rarely give out) for excelling in your position. this would be alright if the rewards were not a lot of points. Most common rewards given is 4000 points which will only get you 2 cooking spices. It takes 10,000 to get a $50 gift card.
       Extended saturday hours from 8-12 to 8-4(in some locations), with no OT and even require you to clock out for lunch on Saturday even if your the only 1 working. Not so bad if you got to leave the store but that is not an option. they expect you to clock in/out around customers. The extended store hours was optional with upper management and the brown noser(s) jumped all over it. No consistency because a store just a few miles away may still only be open til 12. Upper management lies to lower level employees. Pay raises SUCK, never more than 25 cents and as little as 4 cents unless in management. Morale SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      PPG executives hire decision makers with absolutely no business experience. EX. an upper level decision maker has a background in chemistry is now in charge of 150+ store operations and has never even worked in a store other than to do assessments. Another decision maker has a chemistry background and has been put incharge of designing & implementing a new inventory/ operations program again not having ever worked in a store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management would not get fat bonuses if it was not for the part-time and full-time employees that make it possible.

    Things were better for the employee before PPG.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Olympic Paint Rep Lowe's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager Olympic Paint in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Territory Manager Olympic Paint in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at PPG full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy job. Training Lowe's associates on PPG/Olympic Pains and Stains. Selling and mixing paint for Lowe's customers.

    Cons

    Low pay, Olympic is secondary paint brand behind Valspar. Store management pro Valspar.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    It's a job, nothing more than that.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at PPG

    Pros

    They have decent benefits, not the best I've had, but not the worst either. The pay is pretty good and they offer annual bonus incentives.

    Cons

    The worst part about working here is the 10 minute walk from the parking lot to the building, seriously a third of a mile walk. It's not bad during the summer, but the winters in Cleveland are brutal and that walk in the snow is the best way to ruin an entire day. Majority of the people have worked here 30-40 years. If your just out of college no one will take you seriously. As far as training, it's horrible. It doesn't exist. There is no room for new hires in this office. They literally have three people crammed into offices big enough for one person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in day to day processes. Come up with a standardized training procedure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome Company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at PPG full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Customer Base and support
    Strong Branding
    HPC/PMC Best in the business
    Create and grow market

    Cons

    I had no Cons while I worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Again, it's an awesome company to work for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience with lots of opportunity to learn and gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at PPG full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focused on advanced education and diversity, both culturally and gender. Allows you to express ideas and attempt to make them a reality.

    Cons

    Reward programs are there but not utilized in the best manner. A lot of middle and tiered management, which in turn creates a lot of silos and loss in productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement programs to reduce the silos and tribal knowledge. That will cut time in reinventing the wheel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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