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There’s a high-seas adventure story behind the creation of Rust-Oleum. 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. 


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. 


You’ll be covered from head to toe with our health insurance options. As a full-time associate, you can choose from an 80/20 or 90/10 PPO plan that works best for you and your family.


We love a bright smile and know you do too. Provided automatically if you select a medical or by charge, our dental plan covers routine care, major restorative care and orthodontia to protect those pearly whites.


Keep your eyes on the prize with our vision plans. Enjoy periodic eye exams and prescription eyewear at reduced costs to cover you and your family.


We offer a Flexible Spending Account which allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to reimburse yourself for health care and/or daycare fees that you originally paid with after-tax dollars. This lowers your taxable income for the year.


Planning for retirement is important and we provide several ways to support your efforts:

Through our 401k plan, we match 100% of your contributions for the first 3%; the 4th and 5th percent are matched at 50%. Participation is easy with automatic enrollment and you can choose to increase or decrease your contributions at any time. A Roth 401K option is also available.


In addition to offering a 401(k) plan, we are proud to continue our tradition of providing a pension plan to our associates. Our pension plan requires no contributions or forms to complete and you are automatically eligible after completing five years of service.


Grow and succeed along with us by purchasing RPM company stock through convenient payroll deduction.


Understanding the uncertainties of life, we offer a range of options that gives you peace of mind when injury or a death occurs.


As a full-time associate, you receive free Accidental Death & Dismemberment Coverage. Additional coverage is available for purchase.

We provide a term life insurance policy for our full-time associates. You may also purchase additional life insurance as well as coverage for your spouse and children.

You are eligible to receive short term disability coverage while in recovery from a non-work related injury or illness. And you can apply to extend that to long term disability coverage after you have exhausted six months of continuous leave.


LegalShield allows you to talk with an attorney on any matter without worrying about high hourly costs.

Through LegalShield’s Identify Theft Plan, ensure you are protected with continuous monitoring with safety alerts, credit reports, personal credit scores and identity restoration services.


We know that family is important and we want to do all we can to support you in those critical months after a birth or adoption. Fathers or partners are able to take 40 hours of paid time off during the first four months after the arrival of your new bundle of joy.


Adopting a child? We can help. Take advantage of up to $5,000 to assist with adoption related expenses.


As your high school senior moves on to college or university, it is an exciting time filled with opportunities and new beginnings. To help your young adult further their education, Rust-Oleum offers a scholarship opportunity available to the children of full time Rust-Oleum associates. 


Understanding the value of continuing education, we offer two paths to a smarter you:

  • Using our comprehensive online system, explore a wide variety of courses focused on advancing and expanding your professional skills. 
  • Knowing the value of onsite seminars, conferences and workshops, we will reimburse you for the costs for approved events.


Through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you can receive 24/7 confidential counseling services for you or a family member.

Join Our Team

Rust-Oleum Corporation is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry. As a leading manufacturer of premium consumer and industrial paint and coating products, we are looking to be your employer of choice. At Rust-Oleum, we strive to 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 our associates.

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.

Our associates 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.

Rust-Oleum 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 associates.

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Contact Us

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