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There’s a high-seas adventure story behind the creation of Rust-Oleum coatings. Captain Robert Fergusson didn’t intend to start Rust-Oleum Corporation nearly a century ago. He lunged for the container of raw fish oil before it spilled on his rusted metal deck.

But the Scottish-born sea captain noticed that his spill stopped the spread of corrosion. This observation led him to create the world’s first rust-preventative paint. But it wasn’t easy.

The Captain landed and settled in New Orleans to spend years conducting painstaking (and smelly) research. He finally settled on a fish-oil based paint that stopped rust, dried overnight and left no lingering aroma. Rust-Oleum Corporation was born.

Today Rust-Oleum Corporation is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry. We offer a wide product range including decorative fashion paints, and, of course, the famous rust-fighting formula that started it all.

Rust-Oleum Corporation is a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc.


At Rust-Oleum, we understand that life is about so much more than work—and work is about more than a paycheck. We are committed to helping our associates get the most out of life. Here’s a look at some of the extras we offer.


Get a head start on all kinds of projects and opportunities, big and small.

Product Discounts
Take advantage of our generous employee discount on all Rust-Oleum products—and start checking off that to-do list at home.

Tuition Reimbursement
On top of ongoing training & education we offer through Rust-Oleum University, we cover 100% of your tuition costs for any approved courses you take at an accredited institution.

Family Perks
We’re happy to be here for the needs of your family.

Adoption Benefits
We offer a $5,000 benefit each time you choose to expand your family through adoption .

We award several college scholarships each year to top-performing graduates from Rust-Oleum families.

Health & Wellness
We provide outstanding health and medical benefits—for just you or your entire family.

Medical Insurance
Enjoy affordable rates and quality coverage. Choose from an 80/20 or 90/10 coinsurance plan. (Most locations have Aetna, but NJ and CA and Testors have UHC)

Dental Insurance
Provided automatically with our medical insurance, this plan covers routine care, major restorative care and orthodontia.

Vision Wellness Program

Get periodic eye exams and prescription eyewear at reduced costs.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
You can contribute as much as $2,500 of your earnings per year (pre-taxes) to a medical FSA and as much as $5,000 more to a dependent FSA.

Disability Pay
You are automatically eligible to receive short-term disability pay while in recovery from an injury or illness, and you can apply to extend that to long-term coverage after six months of leave.

Work-Life Resources
We offer a range of prepaid, confidential counseling options for associates and their families who may need extra support with stress, family, substance abuse or other life issues. In addition, our EAP offers expert financial and legal counseling and information and referrals to help with elder care, pet care, event planning and other needs.

Personal Time
We encourage our employees to enjoy every last bit of their paid time off.

You’ll start earning vacation the day you arrive and can take your first vacation day after just one month on the job. It keeps building from there!

Enjoy nine major holidays per year including the day after Thanksgiving and one floating holiday of your choice.

Day of Caring
As part of our RO Cares program, take one day every year to work for someone else—by volunteering with a charity you believe in. Tell them Rust-Oleum sent you! 
Work Life Balance
Getting the job done well matters a lot more to us than worrying about a long list of rigid rules.

Business Casual Attire
Our approach to work and dress codes are pretty much the same: Always professional, never stuffy.

Flexible Work Schedules
Many jobs at Rust-Oleum offer you the opportunity to adjust your work hours to fit your current season of life.

Summer Hours (Corporate office)
Wealth Building
A biweekly paycheck isn’t the only way to earn money at Rust-Oleum.

401(k) Savings Plan
We provide matching contributions of up to four percent of your annual income.

Pension Plan
We want our employees to stick around, which is why we will automatically vest you into our pension benefits after five years of service.

Stock Plan
Grow and succeed right along with us by purchasing corporate stock through convenient payroll deductions.

Join Our Team

Rust-Oleum Corporation, backed by the resources of our parent company, RPM International Inc., is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry. We have domestic and international operations along with over 1500 employees and $1 billion in revenues.

As a leading manufacturer of premium consumer and industrial paint and coating products, we are looking to be the employer of choice. Here at Rust-Oleum we can keep you satisfied with challenging responsibilities, outstanding professional development, and the opportunity to work with the best in the industry. Rust-Oleum’s success is evidence of the creativity, hard work, and commitment of employees.

To be considered for current or future opportunities, please apply online via our application process at the bottom of your screen ("search open positions"). You can apply for a currently open position or apply directly to our general consideration job posting.

You only need to apply once. We will keep your resume on file and contact candidates whose experience and qualifications come closest to our specific requirements.

Company Culture

Spend any amount of time on the modern, sunlit Rust-Oleum campus and you’ll soon understand what sets this brand apart. It’s our people. The halls here are filled with highly skilled professionals who are as bright as they are engaging. We are known for having some of the very best people in the industry.

Here’s more of what you’ll find at Rust-Oleum:

Quality and Innovation

Good enough is never good enough around here. We are always coming up with ways to improve our products, our work and our customers’ experience. As a global leader, we like to keep raising the bar on how “being the best” looks.

Rust-Oleum University
Our employees have full access to state-of-the-art job training and career-development opportunities—right here on campus. We will help you be successful from day one—and well into the future.

R-O Cares

We are committed to serving our community and our world, and having fun while doing so. In addition to endless fundraising and matching-gift opportunities, every employee receives one paid day off per year to do volunteer work. And other events, like our popular Jeans Days, raise thousands of dollars for charity.

Picnics, sports teams, Weight Watchers at Work, Spirit Days, you name it—our employees find many ways to enjoy life together.


From summer hours to adoption support, we provide best-in-class perks and benefits, including medical, dental, life and vision insurance, disability coverage, pension plans and a company-match 401(k)—not to mention service awards, retiree bonuses and flu shots. From big benefits to small, we take great care of our employees

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Contact Us

Corporate Headquarters
11 Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847-367-7700 Phone
847-816-2330 Fax