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Great environment! Fun people! Be ready to work.

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Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA

I worked at Motley Fool

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The best reasons to work at the Fool are the culture and the people. The company provides an extremely relaxed work environment. Playing video games and foos ball are standard procedure, so sometimes it's amazing any work gets done at all. Did I mention that there is no vacation policy? You just take the time off when you need it. I'm still trying to figure out how that worked out.

While they had some rough times during the dot-bomb era, they appear to turned things around and rebuilt a nice, solid business. As a testament to the company/culture, there are a TON of Fools that have been with the company for what seems like forever.

The company mission of helping individuals with personal finance is generally quite inspiring.

Cons

You must be able to actually get stuff done in a very relaxed work environment. Do not expect a private office where you can easily shut the door and focus. We basically had a couple dozen desks on an open floorplan, with no walls, partitions, cubes, etc. Some people loved it. Others required some time to get used to it.

While the mission of helping individuals with personal finance is great, the company has to walk a delicate line between truly help people and actually selling products/services that make money. The company has been criticized in the past for pushing products that are not 100% inline with the company's philosophy of do-it-yourself investing.

Advice to Management

Keep at it. You're on a good path.

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    Great place for hard working, passionate professionals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Motley Fool

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, great benefits, and core company philosophy.

    Cons

    Open work environment is great, but can sometimes be difficult to get work done. Too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Downward communication could be better. Just seems that sometimes things would come out of nowhere, but I know that it was actually very thought out.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Many people who work at Motley Fool look forward to Monday mornings.

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    Current Employee - Technology in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Technology in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Motley Fool

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open, collaborative, entrepreneurial. Opportunities to advance or completely change your career focus. Top-flight HR works hard to keep people happy and motivated with trips and treats and Fool-sponsored happy hours. No dress code, no formal vacation policy. Smart, fun people.

    Cons

    "Entrepreneurial" often means "fluid and fast paced". Successful Fools are flexible and able to thrive in a somewhat fluid, dynamic environment. If you need a lot of structure, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    None.

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