Mission: We are driven by a mission to make healthy behaviors easier and more appealing.
I have been working at Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency full-time (Less than a year)
Rescue has a unique, leading edge approach to public health marketing. No other marketing company or in-house public health marketing team is using an attitudinal segmentation approach to create marketing campaigns, which makes Rescue's work stand out as the most creative and impactful marketing campaigns in market.
The people who work at Rescue are among the smartest and most passionate co-workers I've had the honor to work alongside. Not only are they passionate about the categories we work in (primarily tobacco prevention, alcohol and opioid abuse prevention, with entry into sexual health and obesity prevention), they are always encouraging leadership to expand into even more categories such as violence prevention, race relations, protecting the environment, and more. As a result, the company regularly finds ways to donate money to these causes as leadership maps out the feasibility of creating marketing campaigns in those categories.
Compensation at Rescue is very good overall, and the company offers a number of benefits that many companies have not offered since before the recession (and continue not to offer). In addition to having a 401K match, bonuses and cost of living increases double the national average were offered to employees at Rescue in 2016 who were meeting or exceeding the responsibilities of their role.
This is not so much a con as it is a unique facet of working at Rescue. Rescue is a for profit marketing company that produces public health marketing campaigns for government and non-profit clients. As a result, the company attracts employees from both worlds (marketing and government/non-profit), who have differing levels of ease in adjusting to the work pace and workload. People who come from the traditional marketing world can have a hard time adjusting to a pace that is slower than what they are used to, due to all of the rules and regulations and stipulations that need to be followed because Rescue's clients require it. People who come from the government/non-profit world can have a hard time adjusting to a pace that is faster than what they are used to, due to the fact that marketing agencies must move at a speed that matches the way that the target audiences for the marketing campaigns (usually teens and young adults) consume media and digital content. People who adjust quickly to the hybrid that is Rescue do well and often stay at the company for years; people who resist tend to struggle, and may leave angry and unhappy.
It is a con to me that this latter group is so vocal on this website, as in my opinion they do not represent the experience that the 150 current employees at Rescue have on a daily basis for the most part. They do not ask questions, and paint the company in a negative way that is just not accurate. For example, one recent review talked about Rescue paying youth ambassadors in gift cards. A) the gift cards are Visa or American Express gift cards that can be used the same as cash, and B) this is a requirement of our government client, not Rescue. Had this person asked someone why we paid our youth ambassadors in this type of gift card, they would have received this answer. Instead, they left the company with an incomplete understanding of the reason for this type of compensation, and made it sound like Rescue was cheating youth ambassadors out of an incentive when they were not.
I'm not saying Rescue is perfect; no company is. I have my amazing days at work, and I have my frustrating ones too. But I wish that people would be more honest, to themselves and to all of us reading these reviews about Rescue, because the company is a good place to work in my opinion, all things considered.
Advice to Management
Make it more clear in the hiring and onboarding process (and throughout) that Rescue is a unique hybrid of marketing and public health, so that people's expectations are set from the get go. Do an even better job of encouraging people to ask questions, and in sussing out the grumblings that are going on, so that people do not have a skewed and incomplete understanding of the reasons why the company does certain things in certain ways. Be open and unafraid of new ideas and approaches; from research to campaign/client management to media/digital channels, you are hiring people with expertise in these areas and then not always listening to the great ideas they have. Be open, and then quick to explain the business reasons why the company may not be ready to implement the ideas right now. People like feeling valued and like they matter, not like a cog in the machine who can be easily replaced.
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency (San Diego, CA) in October 2016.
I first had a 15 minute qualifying interview from their HR department. The questions were standard to review my experience. Then they scheduled a 1 hour in person interview. The office is modern and quiet. I met with two managers. One was friendly and the other gave off a vibe that I was wasting his time. Since Rescue works on government contracts they followed a strict interview process. They explain this to you at the beginning of the interview. There is a series of 12-15 interview questions that focus on your project management methodology knowledge. One of the managers asked a few follow up questions, but there was minimal back and forth conversation throughout the interview. After the interview I was told the next step would be a 2 hour task oriented interview where they test my skills to "make sure I can do more that talk the talk." Unfortunately, I didn't pass the in person interview and was not invited back.
My impression of Rescue and the position is that they are looking for someone with a traditional background in project management. It's understandable since they work with government contracts, they feel more corporate than other marketing firms.