Rust-Oleum Reviews

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    Excellent Company to Work for

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    I worked at Rust-Oleum full-time (more than 8 years)


    Career advancement was excellent. I had the opportunity to move up the chain of command and was well respected throughout the entire process. Upper management was very knowledgeable in the activities necessary to stay competitive in this marketplace. Excellent job addressing first to market challenges and becoming a leader in new product introductions! Cabinet, countertop, deck products are magnificent!


    Like all companies long hours and weekends

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    Keep up the good work and continue to invest in the people. you've done a good job so far don't lose sight!

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Rust-Oleum Interviews

Updated Oct 7, 2014
Updated Oct 7, 2014

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    Area Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Rust-Oleum in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    -Applied online and was contacted a couple of weeks later for a phone screen with HR.
    -Easy phone screen where I was asked about work history and told somewhat about the position but very vague about salary for some reason. After the phone screen HR will tell you about a "homework assignment" that you need to complete for the next step. I'm not kidding....
    -You find out the homework assignment is to create a video about "what motivates you?" and send it in. At this point you'll probably be scratching your head and wondering what you've gotten yourself into here and why they don't just facebook friend you and have you make a youtube video on graffiti with their paint or something.
    -Phone interview with hiring manager that's very easy and straightforward and just went over my background and the position. Here's where it went off the rails for me....The manager said he was impressed with my experience and was definitely inviting me to a face to face interview the following week and told me to clear my schedule because I would be getting call asap to schedule my trip from HR and get me flown out. He was emphatic about this....Then I heard nothing for a week until I emailed HR to find out what was going on and was immediately sent a form turndown email. The manager I interviewed with would not return my call and that was all I heard from them.
    -Never again...Total waste of time, lies, weirdo video, and non responsive after they shut you out of the loop after lying to you. I will recommend fellow colleagues NOT to apply here.

    Interview Questions
    • None...Just know your resume and make it relate to the position. It's DIY sales....   Answer Question
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    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Vernon Hills, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By RPM
Founded 1921
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors PPG, Sherwin-Williams, Valspar

Solving challenges is the very foundation of who we are. After all, in the beginning, our founder, sea captain Robert Fergusson, didn’t particularly care about paint. He just wanted to keep his ship intact. That’s why, when he noticed that an accidental splash of fish oil had stopped the relentless spread of corrosion on his rusty metal deck, he immediately recognized it for what it was: A valuable solution.

The same passion that drove the Captain to spend his next few years creating the world’s first rust-preventative paint still drives us today. When we see a... More

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