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Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
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Pros
  • There is good work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Strong commitment to a fun and productive work environment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, if you want a linear career path with clean and tidy lines from one role to the next, that management philosophy is not embraced here (in 6 reviews)

  • While Alexandria and the surrounding DC areas are great, I would love if they had offices throughout the US (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'd be crazy to leave this place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I could go on and on, but some of the main highlights are: the people, the laid-back culture, the flexibility (in both job and work schedule), the trust and mutual accountability, and most of all... the ability to truly change the world. The mission at The Motley Fool is to help the world invest -- better and everyone in the company knows it and is completely committed to it. Every day, you don't feel like you're just going to do any normal job with people you don't really like; you feel like you're part of something bigger and your co-workers are some of your best friends.

    Cons

    If you need to have stability in your job and workplace environment, then TMF may not be for you. The company moves incredibly fast with new initiatives and strategies and people are expected to adjust just as quickly. You could have a few different jobs at TMF within the first couple years of working there. So, if you really thrive off of stability, you may struggle at TMF.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the pace is fast and teams/roles move around incredibly often, ensure that communication of all changes is timely and clear.

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  2.  

    Great to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motley Fool as a contractor

    Pros

    Great people, great communication, flexibility. (I'm a contractor)

    Cons

    As a contractor, no benefits but still lots of flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!!

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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work With Lots of Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Motley Fool is known for its company culture which is supported by a great team of people. Events are planned monthly (or sometimes weekly) to bring Fools together and build collaboration and teamwork. While the company is laid back and allows employees flexibility to set their own hours, play games at work, and research and read as much as they want - there is a strong sense of purpose and employees are so dedicated to their projects that they truly play hard but work even harder.

    Cons

    If I wear a shirt with a collar and buttons people ask if I am going on a job interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep dreaming big and supporting Fools. You do an awesome job.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Is this place real?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor, Fool.com
    Current Employee - Editor, Fool.com

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the autonomy, and knowing that every day you get to wake up and help individuals all over the world achieve their financial goals make this company second-to-none. Literally. The Motley Fool was voted the best medium sized company to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes I drink too much beer at work and have to take a cab home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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    Positive Outlook
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm excited to go to work everyday!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love coming to work! My coworkers are driven and I enjoy the fact that there is always something different to do. The perks are great too! Free food fridges with healthy snacks and lots of fun events every month. Unlimited vacation and sick leave is awesome! I've made some great friends working here. There is a huge focus on health, which has pushed me to be better in my personal life.

    Cons

    With so much going on during the day, sometimes it can be difficult to get things accompished. I often come in early or stay later, but I really don't mind because with no set work hours, I can come and go when I want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to see Upper Management participate in more of the events and get to know the newer employees more.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEYOND My Wildest Dreams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wellness Director  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Wellness Director in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing company benefits like free healthy food, subsidized massages and haircuts, high 401K match, and company stock options just to name a few. Talent and drive is super high here at The Fool so being able to work with highly motivated and passionate people is a huge plus!

    Cons

    Things move fast here at The Fool which can catch some people off guard. Luckily, I enjoy the challenge of a dynamic workplace and the longer I am here at The Fool the more normal it seems!

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  8.  

    I don't plan to work anywhere else ... ever.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Advisor  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Advisor in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I love our purpose to help the world invest better, and I love how dedicated we are to creating a culture that's working together to fulfill that purpose. Plus, I get to follow my passion for investing. How many companies truly create opportunities like that?

    Cons

    We are growing fast and are going through some growing pains, ones that every founder-led company has to go through as the business get bigger: management systems, team structures, decision-making systems, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, which is to focus on building our culture and the development of our employees. It is very clear that management loves the company and the Fools that make it up.

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You make a difference working with smart people with a purpose

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There's a true, meaningful purpose here. You are helping members have a healthy relationship with their finances and moving them toward financial independence. It's a purpose that guides the services/projects and rallies us. Everyone wants to produce A+ work, so the atmosphere centers around "top it" - take my idea and make it better (in a friendly way). The purpose is at the core, and it's supported by an amazing culture that helps employees be productive and engaged. Yes, everything you've read about the culture is true!

    Cons

    There can be times when a hasty change in plans leads teams to quickly re-form to attack the situation. That's why many of the desks are on wheels. If you're flexible, this works out fine. Also, if you want a linear career path with clean and tidy lines from one role to the next, that management philosophy is not embraced here. It's much more about finding your passion and learning about different aspects of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's keep getting better at constant, honest feedback so that Fools know where they stand throughout the year. Coaches from outside of someone's department is a terrific step in that direction.

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  10.  

    Simply amazing. There is no place like it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Motley Fool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    To have a company be so progressive in how they treat their employees - and having been that way from the beginning, for 20 years - is simply amazing. The executive team does things right, not only for employees but also members, and the people that work at The Fool are all extremely smart, kind, and entrepreneurial. Of course all of the perks and the work life balance is great, but that doesn't hold a candle to doing what you love with a group of people you love and moving together toward a mission you believe in. It's a positive and enjoyable place that really is like no other place to work that I've come across - ever. It's a rare gem.

    Cons

    While Alexandria and the surrounding DC areas are great, I would love if they had offices throughout the US. Other than that, I can't say enough great things about the workplace, the people, the executive team, and their mission/purpose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and keep that great culture in tact, no matter what.

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    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Pretty amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I really like the challenging and stimulating work, as well as the accommodating vacation policy. Especially enjoy the interaction with our customers. I like that management wants you to work where your strengths lie and where you're most comfortable.

    Cons

    People change teams and roles and it's sometimes hard to keep track of who is the best person to talk to on a particular topic. Advancement can be slow.

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