At Rust-Oleum Corporation, 77 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1149 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.32. It was published on Feb 5, 2018. 1746 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I want to work here for a long time.
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.

What They Do

We asked Rust-Oleum Corporation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We manufacture and distribute consumer and industrial coatings and products that clean, beautify and protect all surfaces. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Manufacturing & Production
US Headquarters: Vernon Hills, Illinois, 60061 US Sites: 16
Major Locations: Riverside, California, 92507; Rockford, Illinois, 61104; North St Paul, Minnesota, 55109; Hagerstown, Maryland, 21795; Kenosha, Wisconsin, 53144; Lesage, West Virginia, 25537; Martinsburg, West Virginia, 25403; Somerset, New Jersey, 08873; Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, 53158; Newark, New Jersey, 07114 US Employees: 1,662
Employees Worldwide: 2,680 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1921

Breakfast With Santa

Perks and Programs

We asked Rust-Oleum Corporation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Rust-Oleum Cares: Rust-Oleum Cares is committed to helping others in our community. Rust-Oleum Cares is led by champions who facilitate the program at their office, manufacturing facility or distribution center all over the world. Through volunteer opportunities, sponsorship, monetary and in-kind donations our champions partner with local charities to change, restore and transform communities in which we work and live. No matter their role in our organization, all Rust-Oleum associates have a voice in who we help because making a difference is part or our culture. It's a program with support from the top of the organization, but thrives and grows as a result of involvement from each and every associate. Every associate receives 8 hours of paid time off to volunteer during the year, and our Matching Gift Program matches 100% of charitable contributions made by each associate up to $400 per year.
  • Rust-Oleum University: Rust-Oleum University offers hundreds of training sessions on and off our campus. From in-house workshops to classes at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the robust curriculum will help you achieve your potential. Through a series of webinars, live workshops and offsite classes, expert instructors share knowledge that will keep you sharp and accelerate your career plans. All associates have required training classes every year. We recently purchased a building across the street from our corporate offices that is known as the Development Center, and it is a state of the art training and meeting facility.
  • Continuous Improvement Program: Staying ahead of our competitors and meeting the needs of our customers are keys to our continued success. This means always working with a continuous improvement mindset. Continuous Improvement at Rust-Oleum, is defined as a systematic approach to improving how things are done. If there is something that causes frustration, could be done better or simply does not work, then FIX IT. There is a formalized way to get things “fixed” and the first step is to open a QIO (Quality Improvement Opportunity). Any associate can identify a problem and will be assigned a group of people to work with on the solution. Associates who complete a QIO will receive $100 for submitting it or $50 for working on the team. At each location, the best QIO is identified on a quarterly basis and winners receive monetary and other recognition in front of their peers.
  • Royal Scot Society: The Royal Scot Society was founded in 1968 to honor Rust-Oleum associates achieving 20 years or more of service. New members are welcomed upon their 20th anniversary. Associates are further honored upon their 25th anniversary with a watch to commemorate the event. Each year, all Royal Scot Society members are invited to a luncheon in their honor. Retirees who leave the company with 20 or more years of service are invited back as well.
  • Subsidized Cafeteria/Coffee Bar: You can stop by “Captain’s Corner” and refresh yourself with a real fruit smoothie or get a jolt of caffeine from our full-service coffee bar. Hungry for a healthy breakfast or lunch? Our in-house subsidized café offers a full menu of delicious hot and cold options. And when the weather is nice, you can take that meal outside to the patio. Enjoy some fresh air and catch up on conversation while enjoying some rays.
  • Service Awards: Associates receive service recognition at 5, 10, 15, 20 years and continuing at five year increments. They get to select a gift from a personalized catalog, where the value of the gifts increases with each milestone, from about $100 to $1,000.
  • Rust-Oleum Scholarship: Every year, children of associates can apply for $2,500 scholarships to be applied at a college of their choice. When the student is a junior in high school, they can apply by submitting their GPA, test scores, letters of recommendation and a personal essay. Last year we awarded 18 scholarships to college bound students.
  • Employee Events and Celebrations: If we have a successful fiscal year we have a special luncheon celebration at all our facilities. We also have a company picnic in the summer at our larger locations. All our locations also have December holiday luncheons for associates. Each associate receives a corporate holiday gift delivered to their home. Each associate also receives a birthday card personally signed by their division executive.
  • Breakfast with Santa: At our larger facilities, we hold a breakfast in early December where associates' children and grandchildren can come and meet Santa. Children are given a gift and take a nice photo sitting on Santa's lap. There are fun events, games and crafts for kids to enjoy while they are waiting their turn to sit on Santa's lap. This is one of associates' favorite events each year.
  • Assistance with Bereavement: In addition to our generous bereavement time off policy, we give associates who have lost a spouse or child a $3,000 payment, grossed up, to help cover funeral costs.


100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary87% Company-paid health coverage for employees
87% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 87% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $10,890 Average Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
Fiscal Year End Celebration


20 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
4 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 4 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
20 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (8% use it)
  • Telecommute option (3% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (25% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (At the corporate office, we offer: a coffee bar which offers free drip coffee as well as a variety of other beverages and snacks for a nominal charge; onsite subsidized cafeteria providing full service breakfast and lunch options; onsite pickup/delivery for dry cleaning services.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 35 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
50 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
5 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$5,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $700,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$16,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Outside Deck


Captain's Corner Coffee Bar

How to Get Hired

We asked Rust-Oleum Corporation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for candidates who demonstrate a desire for success and who are energetic and enthusiastic. We want team players who are committed to winning no matter who gets the credit. Our ideal candidate will see problems as opportunities knowing that solving them makes us better and smarter. They need to be confident communicators with strong interpersonal skills. We place a high value on associates who have a passion to help - whether a team member or those in the community less fortunate. We support organizations that change, restore and transform lives. Prospective employees must support this company value.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

It starts with a well-written resume devoid of grammatical and spelling errors. Attention to detail is highly valued in our organization. Whether in person, via email or by phone, articulate and clear communication is a must. We count on our associates’ ability to convey their ideas in meaningful and understandable ways. A professional demeanor is expected along with a demonstration of relatable experience and a stable work history. Arriving with knowledge and sense of who we are and what is important to us as an organization sets a prospective employee apart from the rest. Being personable and friendly goes a long way with us. We want feel confident about the candidate’s interpersonal skills. Don’t just tell us that you’re a good team player. Tell us how and why.  

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As a sales-driven company, many of our open positions will be related to revenue generation.  Filling sales and marketing roles will be a key focus. We’ll also be hiring for jobs in our manufacturing facilities and distribution centers as we grow our production capacity.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Candidates can learn more about open positions and the company’s history by visiting Rust-Oleum’s Careers page. They can also check us out on LinkedIn and Glassdoor.

hiring Outlook

170 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 8% Job Growth
116 Average applicants per opening 21,436 Total job applicants
12% New hires by employee referrals 9% Openings filled by current employees
4 Recent graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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