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Rust-Oleum Overview

Vernon Hills, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
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 ... Read more

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Tom Reed
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    "Good company ... has potential to be great"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Vernon Hills, IL
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    I worked at Rust-Oleum full-time (More than 8 years)


    Family atmosphere; for a $1B company, it has a smaller company feel. Lots of nice perks including coffee bar, summer hours, jeans days, company picnic, chili cookoffs, cubicle mini golf tournaments, etc. The majority of people here are friendly and genuinely nice. Company has been on a positive trajectory for growth, which has resulted in nice bonuses for those eligible.


    Company is a bit short-sided on consumer insights -- they don't want to spend money on research, as "they know the consumer the best". Company does not plan longer than 3 years out -- strategic planning is a bit "flying by the seat of our pants". Sr Management prides the company on speed (i.e. we're always moving a million miles an hour, all the time), but constant fire drills either cause disastrous high speed collisions or processes to grind to a halt. Sales reps do not plan their work well, and their lack of planning often causes other functions to scramble to meet unrealistic deadlines as a result. Poor succession planning causes good employees to rot away in position vs being rewarded with promotions. Political atmosphere -- if you're not in the in-crowd, be prepared to be overworked and under-recognized for it. Borderline harassment toward attractive female employees happens regularly. Company is quickly outgrowing the building, but they're insistent on squeezing everyone into it at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your top performers and incentivize them appropriately. Consumer insights are crucial for your business -- don't cut corners here. You're growing rapidly and you need a bigger building. Constantly reconfiguring the inside every 6 months is foolish and costly. Sell 11 Hawthorn and buy/lease something bigger to fit everyone comfortably. Think longer term.

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    Senior Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview


    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Rust-Oleum.


    Met with HR for a phone screen and then the hiring manager. Very friendly, professional, clear in the process, etc. All was good. Nice people. I sent thank you notes but no response after another follow up. Completely blew me off despite all the time all of us put into it. Just kept me in the dark.

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    • Big challenge, big success, what are you seeking in your next position.   Answer Question
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Rust-Oleum Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces (Manufacturing), Chicago Tribune, 2015
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in Chicago, Chicago Tribune, 2014

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