Motley Fool Reviews

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  1. 18 people found this helpful

    Outgrown the CEO's ability to lead.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. If you're in an administrative, tech-support, or HR role this is a great place to work because you'll be relatively over compensated and you'll be valued.

    Cons

    If you like working toward a longterm vision or developing a career, this is not the right place for you. Expect to "reorg'd" often and without input even if you are leading a team. Most leaders spend most of their emotional energy "protecting", "blocking", or "shielding" their direct reports from the vacillating whims of a passionate and disconnected CEO and leadership team. Your 1st year here will be amazing, but disillusionment follows as you climb the ranks. Most managers joke that they won't have a team or job to return to after they take vacation --better monitor email at night and when away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a heart to heart conversation with our CEO and Board of Directors. In fact, we've out grown his ability to lead. A strong co-CEO might work, (works for Whole Foods) but that CEO would need real support from the board or that will become a revolving door too. It's telling that our CEO is in NYC while we're in Alexandria, VA... AND we fear when "Tom's in town" no matter how fun the randomness is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful

    Excellent company to work for, until it wasn't

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    Former Employee - Writer
    Former Employee - Writer

    I worked at Motley Fool full-time

    Pros

    As a Freelance Writer, I received excellent feedback and support for my articles. Editors were always willing to help and gave great tips to make my work better.

    Cons

    Multiple editors suggested that I could become a Contract Writer. I was told many times to "keep it up" or "work with your editors" and you'll get there. However, after three years of writing for the company, and thousands of articles published, Motley Fool decided to cut off all Freelancers with no notice whatsoever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great to work

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    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!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Great Place to Work With Lots of Opportunities

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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 (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Is this place real?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor, Fool.com
    Current Employee - Editor, Fool.com

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    I'm excited to go to work everyday!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Great place to work, can be a rollercoaster

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

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

    Pros

    People are smart, dedicated and friendly. There is good work/life balance. The company values are strong, and people try hard to live them.

    Cons

    The company can change directions quickly. People can be left behind when this happens. It's a good place to work but not a good place to build a career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 13 people found this helpful

    Great, if you drink the Kool-Aid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Definitely no shortage on perks, whether you are in house or a contractor. The company encourages a casual, fun-first atmosphere. Freedom to chase down your own ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    The culture here is cult-ish, and if you show anything less than undying love for all things 'Fool,' you are met with the antithesis of what the company claims to represent. Though the Motley Fool encourages a wide range of opinions, it is not the case if you are an employee. You must bow down to the chosen darlings and blindly champion the rhetoric they consistently ooze. Egos are a problem here, and management seems to support it fully. The company's ultimate goals are to capture email addresses for the marketing department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to focusing on the best investment advice possible, and take a close look at the editorial staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    BEYOND My Wildest Dreams

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    • 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 (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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 31, 2014

    Thanks for your review. It’s fantastic when newer Fools like you quickly recognize our culture and are motivated by our dynamic workplace. Thanks for all of the new ideas and great programs you’ve ... More

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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