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PPG Overview

Pittsburgh, PA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (PPG)
Chemical Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year

Working at PPG

With PPG, you will find meaning in your work every day, and engage in opportunities that will shape you, personally and professionally.
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Mission: At PPG, we work every day to develop & deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find ... Read more

PPG – Why Work For Us?

At PPG, our 47,000 employees in 70 countries bring life to our purpose and promise: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™. We develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for 135 years. Through dedication and industry-leading expertise, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. PPG has a long heritage of and commitment to innovation, sustainable product development and community engagement.

Founded in 1883 as Pittsburgh Plate Glass by Captain John B. Ford and John Pitcairn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, and specialty materials. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company.


PPG is the world’s leading coatings company, serving more industries than any of our competitors. From automobiles and jetliners to wind turbine blades, and from ocean-going vessels and water tanks to family homes, our coatings and specialty materials help our customers protect, enhance and beautify valued assets. As part of our team, you’ll have access to world-class customers, industry experts, the best and brightest colleagues, and leading-edge technology.

We operate with vision, ethics and integrity.

Our vision is to continue to be the leading coatings and specialty products company. The PPG Vision is our roadmap to success and reflects our dynamic growth strategies and vision. We support and empower our employees to make ethical decisions and promote a culture where employees are valued and respected.

We are defined by our social responsibility.

We believe in operating globally and giving back locally. PPG employees are at the center of our efforts to create brighter and more colorful communities where we operate, providing meaningful contributions in our local communities. With more than 47,000 employees across 70 countries, we have a powerful ability to make a positive impact in the places we call home.

We are committed to a sustainable world and company.

To PPG, being a successful business and sustaining the world go hand in hand. We pioneer products on a global scale with beneficial energy, environmental and social attributes. We have significantly reduced energy and greenhouse gas emission intensity. And we continue to make progress toward our goal of having at least 30 percent of our sales from sustainable products by 2020.


We are committed to providing a fulfilling workplace for our employees, creating an environment for continuous learning and embracing the ideas and diversity of others. What attributes do you look for in an employer?

Advancement Opportunities: Our internal job posting program, PPG Careers, is used to announce worldwide career opportunities to all employees. As an employee, you are free to self-nominate regardless of functional area, business unit, location or job level provided you meet the position and location- specific requirements.

Compensation and Benefits: Our compensation programs are designed to make PPG an attractive place to work. They are built on principles that support our goal of attracting and retaining the outstanding employees we need to meet our business goals and thrive as a world-class company. PPG offers a competitive benefits program to our employees. Benefit coverage is dependent on your work location and employee status and may vary based upon the region of the world in which you work.

Diversity: PPG is an extremely diverse company. It has a global portfolio of businesses and product lines; more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates; operates in more than 60 countries around the globe; and has about 40,000 employees of wide-ranging nationalities, cultures, religions, ethnic, professional and educational backgrounds.

Continuous Learning: To ensure that you are always on the leading edge of your field, we encourage continuous learning - in the classroom, on-the-job, and through e-learning opportunities. We also support informal learning through mentoring and networking relationships.

Work/Life Balance: PPG fosters an environment committed to motivating and inspiring employees who are fully engaged in the workplace. And, we understand that the passion our employees bring to work extends to their personal lives. At PPG we are committed to enabling a healthy balance between the two. We offer a wide array of programs and services aimed at helping people manage their many competing priorities such as flexible work hours, telecommuting, employee assistance programs, wellness programs, and fitness centers.

Sustainability: Sustainability is first and foremost about being a successful business. We do what we do in order to ensure the success and lasting presence of our company for the benefit of our customers, our suppliers, our shareholders, our employees and our neighbors. But, we also act in a way that not coincidentally helps to ensure the life and resilience of our economies, our environment and our society. We believe that these two views of sustainability – sustaining PPG and sustaining the world – are not mutually exclusive, but are very compatible.

PPG is a diverse company. We have a global portfolio of businesses and product lines, with more than 47,000 employees in nearly 70 countries. Our employees are from wide-ranging nationalities, cultures, religions and ethnic, professional and educational backgrounds. Their diversity enables us to meet challenges quickly, creatively and effectively. We are committed to providing a fulfilling workplace, offering an environment for continuous learning and embracing the ideas of others.

  • We have developed metrics that enable us to build our global workforce with careful attention to gender and diversity components, employee retention and talent management.
  • Our business and functional leaders set goals related to diversity and monitor progress on a regular basis.
  • In 2017, over half of our campus relations grants went to sponsoring programs or activities for diverse students.
  • We recruit each year at events sponsored by organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Black MBA Association.
  • PPG is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Board of Corporate Affiliates and has made grants towards its Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) camps.

Employee Resource Councils

Our Employee Resource Councils offer employees a way to network, receive training and engage with peers at PPG. They include:

  • Minority Leadership Council
  • Women’s Leadership Council
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Council
  • R&D Diversity Council
  • Generational Diversity Council

Captain John B. Ford (left) and John Pitcairn together established the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company.

Celebrating 135 years of Innovation and Color Leadership

Company. PPG was founded in 1883 when Capt. John B. Ford and John Pitcairn started the first commercially successful plate glass factory in the United States at Creighton, Pa. Known as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., the enterprise focused on innovation and quality…and 135 years later, PPG is still dedicated to these priorities.

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    I worked at PPG full-time


    Room for growth and advancement, great people and culture to work in, and friendly work environment.

    Company overall has been around for a while, as far as I know is a fortune 200 company, and seems like a very stable place for a career.


    As a 24x7 industrial company, technical support can be stressful in critical situations, as should be expected. This can also make the work/life balance difficult when issues come up outside of normal hours.

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    Keep up the good work!

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PPG Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PPG (Pittsburgh, PA) in August 2014.


    Easy...a recruiter contacted me and scheduled a month in advance. I put it on my calendar and prepared accordingly...researching the company and reviewing my resume. I went in in business attire and had two people interview me separately. I then received a tour of the facility and they said they would be back to me in a few days.

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    • Not any more difficult than other interviews I have been in. They asked me about my background and how I would place amongst other chemists.   Answer Question
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PPG Awards & Accolades

  • Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT, IDG’s Computerworld magazine, 2016
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
  • Top Master's Employers, CollegeGrad, 2008
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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