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Updated Jul 25, 2014
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4.6 93 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Motley Fool CEO Tom Gardner

Tom Gardner

(64 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Great to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Work With Lots of Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep dreaming big and supporting Fools. You do an awesome job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Is this place real?

    Editor, Fool.com (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm excited to go to work everyday!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    BEYOND My Wildest Dreams

    Wellness Director (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsAmazing 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!

    ConsThings 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!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Associate Advisor (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsI 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?

    ConsWe 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You make a difference working with smart people with a purpose

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThere'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!

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementLet'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Simply amazing. There is no place like it!

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsTo 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty amazing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsPeople 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for freelancers

    Freelancer (Current Employee)

    ProsSite allows potential writers easy access to CMS and resources, which is really useful when starting out. There is a lot of information on writing and sources. Editors respond in a timely manner with useful and constructive feedback. They are very interested in publishing posts written from many points of view; if you make a compelling argument, it's fair game.

    ConsImpossible for a freelancer to know how many other people are working on a post on the same company(ies) or topic. Other than that, no real cons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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