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Updated September 7, 2017
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PPG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael H. McGarry
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Pros
  • good starting pay but low hours cool contests and decent work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Weekly pay, dependable hours, good benefits (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance when in a finance role (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to care about how employees are treated (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Boys network or women trying to be boys"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401k, pay competitive, coworkers, community outreach, Salvation Army support, united way, local organization support, too bad I have nothing else positive to say

    Cons

    Dishonest management, performance reviews mean nothing, unfair favoritism, leaders not allowed to lead, get approval before leading, no trust level, sad to say they are a Pittsburgh company with ethical policy they never intend to follow.

    Advice to Management

    A leadership team that uses their brain. No opinions/perceptions, let employees try new things! Let them feel challenged! Don't let one person provide bad negative comments and make decisions on that. IT needs a total overhaul of top management. Women should be allowed to have families without being penalized behind the curtain. Allow employees to be friendly and care about their team, this is not a weakness, only great leaders possess these qualities. But they have to be genuine, people can spot ingenious personalities a mile away.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ladies in IT - Bad place to be"

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    Former Employee - IT in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IT in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPG full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best!

    Cons

    The minute a woman becomes pregnant (especially in IT) there status and rating goes down, you are choosing family over PPG. Women in IT Leadership positions are those without children. Although PPG has women in leadership positions in other areas outside of IT, NOT in IT. This is a huge problem. Also, one person defines your career. If one person dislikes you, you are done, there is no hope for you, find another job. CIO has an opportunity to own up and change these ridiculous ancient and unfair "cons" for women in IT. It is the CIO that can changes things, not his leadership team, not people's opinions, but the CIO can make their own positive impact. I hope it happens for those who remain.

    Advice to Management

    CIO - DO SOMETHING! Don't let opinions from ONE person affect the career of another. That is childish and borderline workplace bullying.
    Let woman enjoy both their job and children/family. If anyone can, we can. Don't penalize women for having to go on maternity leave and therefore they can no longer be rated a high-potential IT employee. That is wrong.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "BEWARE"

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    Former Employee - White Collar in Westlake, LA
    Former Employee - White Collar in Westlake, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PPG (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Once had 9/80's but was taken away from a terrible manager

    Cons

    The worst management I have ever worked for was in the Westlake, LA facility. 100% reactive management that places safety, maintenance in the backseat to production. Over 30 members of salary has left this place in the last two years to being extremely unhappy with the poor and inept management practices

    Advice to Management

    Start by saying hi to your employees when you walk past them. Visit the units so you can understand what is actually going on in the plants. Learn how proactive maintenance strategies is directly related to increased production efficiency. When people who haved work 25+ years for the organization, at least shake their hand on their way out and thanked them. In a nutshell learn how to be human and read a management 101 book


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    "Glad it's over"

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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - benefits are comparable to other strong companies

    Cons

    - fraught with tension among internal management
    - culturally disjointed
    - lack of strong leadership
    - promotion based solely on demographic requirements (not accomplishments)
    - poor training in some areas
    - overlooking abusive treatment from internal customers (colleagues/ other departments)

    Advice to Management

    This company grossly mistreats those who aren't "hand picked" to be successful. Several examples come to mind of employees who worked to the best of their abilities, achieved measurable results (exceeding "average" levels), and were still fired or demoted because of mysterious company politics. Specifically, this is observed in the "Credit Departments" of PPG Coatings, including the Stores Credit department and the Dealer Credit Department. If you are considering a role, be warned that these positions are subject to whether or not the sales team feels you are going to let them dictate your decisions. Also know that there may be a random need to "clean house", and you could be fired for no detectable reason.
    Management, if you value your integrity, move to a different department. Even if you intend to be great, this particular department will pull you down.


  5. "HR nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PPG full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they offer a great benefits package

    Cons

    horrible treatment. higher ups could care less about you. vaca time is not paid out when you leave. workers comp when hurt is a joke

    Advice to Management

    take care of your crew. they are the heart and face of your company


  6. "Sucked"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPG as a contractor

    Pros

    None. Really. No pros that I can think of.

    Cons

    No cell phone, basically nothing to do to pass downtime when you finished work. Would get paid less to leave work early despite not having any work left to do, and nothing to pass time.

    Advice to Management

    It's a trainwreck.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PPG full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1.car( paycheck deduction)
    2.401k match and vested on day one

    Cons

    This company has zero direction. Management does not communicate and there is no support in the field. Products are inferior and do not compete due to constant changes in product line every year, please do yourself a favor and stay away from the big box side of ppg

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and rehire from industry leaders

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    "Death trap"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delaware, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Delaware, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirees usually pass away 5-6 years after retirement due to chemical inhalation for years.

    Cons

    Management and union officials encourage nepetism and are unreliable at best.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees more.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pro Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PPG full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Quality of life, car, benefits were ok.

    Cons

    It was surprising to see a company so large, be so incompetent when it comes to basic field operations. The Pro team was destine to fail due to lack of (Internal) support, Pro focused products and THD buy in.

    The only hope hope for this channel to recoup some credibility would be to realize what brand you have (Pro or consumer), the customer (Leadership may want to take a day or two in the field at some point) and craft a balanced approach (Sales, Marketing, Logistics, Supply, etc...) that allow sales people to sell to the people that need the product WHEN they need it. Otherwise you're going to see more rounds of cutting people in the field. It's simply not a sustainable way to go to business.

    The truth is, the competition does not focus on PPG/Glidden because they don't have to. They know that the probability of the sales person (TM or PSR) being there for any length of time is pretty slim.

    Do yourself a favor and stay away from a company that is so disorganized and reckless when it comes to it's people. This company strives to point the finger, threaten and instill fear.

    Advice to Management

    Quit or stop focusing on the things that don't matter.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company car. Health Insurance , Good friends with some.

    Cons

    Bad management, No help in the field, 1 Territory manager (ME) in the Chicago area . Under paid compared to other companies. Poor company relationship with Lowe's . PPG has less product in stores and never gets a fair or equal price to other companies in lowes. The other paint companies have more sales reps so they can cover and out sell. I could keep going. Just know, You'll be set up to fail.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP


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