PPG Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
210 Reviews
3.2
210 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Always challenging, ability to work as much as your want good people (in 11 reviews)

  • good benefits, good people, laid back atmosphere, solid company, ethical (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonus is a terrible, upper management has no clue what they are doing (in 14 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is not important to PPG (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Olympic Paint Rep Lowe's

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    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience with lots of opportunity to learn and gain experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at PPG full-time for 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
  6.  

    Great opportunities, always new projects, but needs process maturity.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPG

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, and project diversity.

    Cons

    The software development processes and configuration management are at CMM level -10. Inadequate levels of staffing or none in critical roles like Business Analysts and QA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some consultants to help Implement CMM or another SDLC maturity standard.

  7.  

    INEFFICIENCY AT ITS PEAK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPG full-time

    Pros

    The only positive thing I can say about this company is it seems to be growing in a down economy. I became a PPG employee by acquisition.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement seems to be based on anything but how well you can do the job. They way of promoting is sketchy... they move people into positions secretively avoiding the opportunity for others to apply for the job. The amount of work, and procedure necessary to complete a simple task is far fetched with this company. The internal communication is terrible, causing a complete lack of direction... especially when it comes to servicing customers. I can only speak of Architectural Ctgs division that I work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the skills, talent, and potential of your people. Most are willing to do a lot for a little. Remove a lot of the obstacles in place that prevent associate from doing their job. And finally when someone calls pick up the phone instead of only responding via e-mail.

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

    Completely abysmal, you're just an expendable number.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at PPG as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with are nice and there's always someone willing to help. You'll also get access to the company cafe, which has decent enough food and low prices, but during high traffic hours you'll have to wait half of your allotted time for lunch to get your food.

    Cons

    You'll soon come to find that you're completely expendable; the site that I work at used to be called Sierracin and PPG acquired it six or so years ago. All workers before that time were grandfathered in and kept their pay and benefits, all new workers are "hired" through a company called Staff Management MX who are seemingly a proprietary business with an on-site office. There's no interview processes, just a series of tests that have nothing to do with the positions you're being offered (which aren't explicitly stated either), which will take 2 or 3 weeks to get through so results can be evaluated. From there you're randomly put into one of the four plants and given a task, depending on your shift you're paid $10.00, $10.35 or $10.50 an hour respectively.

    Your pay increase is 25 cents every 3 months for the first year, and after that you get 25 cents every six months until you reach $12 an hour. When you hit $12 an hour you're capped and it will never increase regardless of how long you work, some of the workers I've talked to have been there nearly 10 years and they're stuck at $12 an hour. The only way to earn more money is actually be hired directly to PPG.

    Being hired by PPG is a whole other set of flaming hoops to jump through. You have to take an additional 4-hour test off-site on your own time and then PPG will only consider hiring you. It's not a guarantee and you'll be competing with everyone else that's a contracted employee for that spot. Good luck. Oh, and you'll also be given a pay cut to just above minimum wage if you are chosen. Enjoy working your way through the ranks!

    The people are very nice, but they'll be the first to tell you it's not worth working here. Co-workers will champion you when you begin looking for other work and be happy for you when you tell them you got an interview. The older workers, who were there before the acquisition, won't be shy in telling you how PPG is running the company to the ground and how poorly the new hires are treated. Oh and how there used to be a Union that PPG pushed out by coercing the employees and fooling them into thinking that they'd be "taken care off."

    Your supervisors can be nice, but they're straight to business. If you're talking to long to someone they'll point it out, some of them can be frustratingly anal-retentive and it's usually about how you do your job. The irony here is that they were hired into their positions and none of them "moved up through the ranks" from your position, so they literally haven't don't any of the jobs or operations that they supervise. You'll begin to treat the supervisors like the Gestapo when they come around and make yourself look busy so you don't have to interact with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I could give advice to the upper management but they've made it quite clear they don't care for their bottom line so it wouldn't really matter. The only people that know how to do the work are treated incredible poorly; lower than dirt and this should be changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    CSR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPG

    Pros

    decent amount of time paid off
    international company

    Cons

    Strong corporate culture
    Terrible Management
    High degree of politics
    good employees get taken advantage of
    male dominated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage your employees and plan accordingly. Dishonesty and disloyalty to your best employees will result in more failure and your ability to keep them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They ruined Porter now they are ruining Glidden Professional!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Iss
    Current Employee - Iss

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

    Pros

    Steady pay and decent benefits.
    Those are the only 2 things I can can honestly say that good about this company.

    Cons

    Way too much paperwork for a paint store to have to do.
    Store level management and above really have no clue as to how to do things.
    Glidden employees acquired in the merger are treated very poorly.
    Advancement is geared away from Glidden employees acquired in merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to be like Sherwin Williams and invent your own identity. Steel toed boots, safety glasses, and gloves is way overboard for EHS.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Title of Review

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

    I have been working at PPG

    Pros

    The pros are office cultre

    Cons

    the cons are benefits are little

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