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PPG Overview

Pittsburgh, PA
10000+ employees
1883
Company - Public (PPG)
Chemical Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
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: We work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward ... Read more


PPG – Why Work With 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 more than 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.

ONE GLOBAL COMPANY, ONE REWARDING CAREER.

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.

WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU?

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.

One of PPG’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our people, who represent wide-ranging nationalities, cultures, languages, religions, ethnicities, lifestyles, and professional and educational backgrounds. Their unique perspectives enable us to meet challenges quickly, creatively and effectively, providing a significant competitive advantage in today’s global economy.

To ensure our people feel valued and respected, we are committed to providing a workplace that embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion and is free from harassment and bullying.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (DILC) champions, directs and facilitates initiatives that embed diversity and inclusion into our culture. Consisting of senior leaders within our company, the DILC is supported in its efforts by the following diversity councils:

  • Women’s Leadership Council, including 10 regional chapters in Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and the United States;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Council, which includes PPG Allies who are straight colleagues committed to improving the workplace climate for their LGBT coworkers;
  • R&D Diversity Council;
  • Minority Leadership Council;
  • Generational Diversity Council; and
  • Young Professionals Organization.

Our business and functional leaders set goals related to diversity and monitor progress on a regular basis. In Europe, for example, we have a focused initiative to hire, develop and retain female talent. Actions taken in 2018 included ensuring there is a focus on females when hiring, having women make up 50 percent of the candidate slate for promotions and conducting an equal pay review.

To broaden the diversity of our talent pools, we recruit at events sponsored by organizations representing diverse candidates. In the United States, for example, these include the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Black MBA Association.

To learn more about PPG's Diversity and Inclusion efforts, visit sustainability.ppg.com/people/diversity-inclusion

PPG: We Protect and Beautify the World. Over PPG’s  more than 135-year history, the company has transformed from a small glass company, with business primarily in the U.S., into a leading paint, coatings and specialty materials company with $15.4 billion in sales in 2018, 47,000 employees, and manufacturing in more than 70 countries throughout the world. The company’s growth has occurred both organically and through acquisitions, especially in PPG’s paint and coatings businesses. The successful integration of more than 50 acquisitions over the last 15 years has accelerated the evolution of PPG. These acquisitions expanded our global reach and strengthened our portfolio in the growing paint and coatings market. We manufacture the paint that protects airplanes, the coatings that beautify your cell phone, the solutions that will enable tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles, and the paint that brightens customers’ homes. PPG leverages technology from the broad range of industries it serves to create innovative solutions that meet and exceed customer expectations.

PPG Reviews

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    Pros

    Nice environment, united and great team of professionals, friendly space and dynamic routine, good contact with business. Constant learning and sharing experience.

    Cons

    Maybe the pressure of dealing with huge customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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PPG Photos

PPG photo of: The company's signature community engagement program, Colorful Communities, is a great way for employee volunteers to get to know each other and collaborate outside of the everyday work environment.
PPG photo of: PPG employees joined community volunteers to protect and beautify the Wadih Jorge Maluf School, in Sumaré, Brazil, during a Colorful Communities project in September 2018.
PPG photo of: The PPG Science Pavilion, a $33 million expansion off of the Carnegie Science Center, ushers in a new era of enhanced STEM programs, exhibits, and public exploration of science and technology.
PPG photo of: PPG's global headquarters at One PPG Place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
PPG photo of: Psenik Kindergarten in Brno, Czech Republic, is now a brighter, more cheerful space for students and teachers after PPG employee volunteers completed a Colorful Communities project.
PPG photo of: At PPG, we are committed to using resources efficiently and driving sustainability throughout our entire value chain to preserve and protect the environment in which we operate.
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PPG Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at PPG (New York, NY) in January 2020.

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    First interview was a phone screening. Interviewer asks you a few yes or no questions followed by past employment questions. The first interview is mainly conducted to see if you meet the companies qualifications for the position.

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PPG Awards & Accolades

  • FORTUNE® World's Most Admired Companies, FORTUNE®, 2019
  • WALL STREET JOURNAL® Management Top 250, WALL STREET JOURNAL®, 2018
  • FORTUNE® 500, FORTUNE®, 2018
  • FORBES Best Employers for Diversity, FORBES, 2019
  • Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2019
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