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Culture of Excellence and Fun - But Bring Your Own Paddle

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

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

Pros

Strong commitment to a fun and productive work environment. Focus on competitiveness, but not in a "me vs them" kind of way - you are competing with yourself to do as well as you can. Senior management is always trying to find more/better ways at employee introspection and evaluation to - gasp - actually improve the lot of the employee, not generate nasty metrics to hold over anyone's head. Very flexible work schedules when needed, and especially accommodating to workaholics that keep odd days/hours :) Why bring your own paddle? That is a pro and a con, but I'll put it here. It is both very easy to settle in and at most move about sideways, but if you are a 10X'er and willing to put yourself out there and be flexible with what you can/will do, opportunities abound - but it is more in your hands than anyone else's to make something substantial happen.

Cons

Chain of command is dynamic, which makes cultivating and advancing ideas sometimes challenging. Duplicate efforts crop up occasionally because there isn't sufficient communication taking place between different areas that are doing concept development, and the company is growing fast enough that this feels like it is increasing a bit. As for the Paddle - see above since it is both a pro and a con

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Twenty years of experience in honing the Foolish ability to identify great businesses needs to be turned into its next evolution of advising businesses on practices to become great.

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Neutral Outlook
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Motley Fool Response

Oct 24, 2014

“Bring your own paddle” is a really good way to describe the environment here. The Fool’s People Team truly believes that you are in charge of your own career, and we are here to help make it the ... More

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    A Foolish place indeed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Investing Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Investing Intern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Motley Fool as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun. Very flexible hours. Engaging and fun work environment. Lots of unusual small perks and benefits that really add to the office environment and make it so you'll always look forward to going to work. Internally very open. Easy to get along with coworkers because they're genuinely good people. Excellent leadership from the top; Tom and Dave are inspiring leaders. Did I mention fun?

    Cons

    It's relatively uncompetitive pay considering the talent they have and in the industry they're in, but the benefits are good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but remember that you don't always have to change things, and sometimes less is more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks for mentioning the openness, quality of our employees, leaders, and, well… everything! We’re glad your experience here was so positive. “Less is more” is such a good observation. As the home ... More

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    Great experience - definitely not a static place

    • 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

    Pros

    Management is accessible, work is interesting, Silicon valley-type benefits on the East Coast. Very nice place to work

    Cons

    While the Company tries to operates pretty transparently, and has an easily available strategic roadmap, we still seem to get easily distracted chasing things not on plan. I think the CEO loves change, sometimes to the detriment of focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've created a truly great place to work, and should be proud of that.. We could probably accomplish more with a little more focus on what we do (walk the talk).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We are humbled by your comment that we’ve created a truly great place to work. That is our goal, each and every day. We definitely get excited by new ideas and opportunities, and as the company ... More

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