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Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
110 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is good work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The open office work environment allows you to communicate with and learn from different aspects of the company (in 10 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)

  • s hard to keep everyone informed about everything all the time (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best place I've ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Fool practices all that it preaches. They care about their employees, have fun, and work hard. You're given the freedom to forge your own path and generate ideas to help contribute to the success of the company. Rewards such as free book program, speakers, and unique events are provided with genuine desire to have a happy workplace and workforce.

    Cons

    It's hard to find them IF you're a good fit for the culture. If you don't have the professional maturity to know when to work and when to play, the culture can be a distraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build your personal brands outside of your direct teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We’re so glad to be the best place you’ve ever worked! That’s our goal every day – to value our Foolish employees beyond what you’ll find at any other company. Why? Because we believe this is the ... More

  2.  

    Where you can unleash all of your ideas

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The ability to test creative ideas alongside smart, passionate people toward a purpose we believe in. Autonomy to choose projects and prioritize work the way I want to. Freedom to get involved in any part of the business.

    Cons

    There are so many things we still want to do, some days it can be overwhelming trying to do it all. To be successful here you should be able to manage your own work and make your own path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep telling us what your priority list looks like so we can ensure we are aligned with your vision and goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We really appreciate your post. There’s a huge amount of effort placed on finding those smart, passionate people you mention. We know that high performers love to work with other high performers ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I heart The Fool.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely the #1 reason I love coming to work every day -- the people. Just an awesome bunch of smart, talented, funny, eager Fools. There are a lot of opportunities for growth -- the people who have successful growth paths at The Fool definitely take advantage of the resources available (classes, mentor program, special projects, coaching, etc -- all are awesome), but I think taking time to know other Fools and collaborate with them often leads to unexpected development opportunities. The good news is that we're not lacking in forums for Fools to get to know each other -- happy hours, team events, company sports, and a friendly, open environment.

    Cons

    Things move quick here -- which isn't a bad thing -- you just gotta work extra hard to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more fun -- you guys work hard -- but I'd love to see you participating in all the stuff that makes this place so great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We’re so glad you called out collaboration – it’s a core value here and something we encourage throughout every team and department. We’re proud of the learning and development resources you mention ... More

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  5.  

    Choose your own adventure

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, the intelligent conversation, and project based culture. You have a lot of freedom to create your own day and vary what you work on as well as who you work with.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating to start down a path on a project and have to drop it for a more important priority. You will have to adapt to the continually changing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Fools get to know you better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    What an awesome title for your post! We definitely use that phrase within our People Team as a way to refer to the creativity and flexibility that have become an essential part of our culture. We ... More

  6.  

    it was great

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work, smart co-workers, great atmosphere, excellent work life balance

    Cons

    doesn't pay like typical finance firms, pays more like a journalist job (company is a hybrid of both)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the promotional activities and focus on core brand. TMF does a great job of serving its community but recently has lowered its standards with gimmicky marketing materials

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks for mentioning the atmosphere, work/life balance and smart co-workers. Our recruiting, people and culture teams give their all to find the brightest and best, and help them thrive in a ... More

  7.  

    Freelance Writer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer
    Current Employee - Writer

    I have been working at Motley Fool as a contractor

    Pros

    Good work scheduled and wide degree of freedom.

    Cons

    The pay is only acceptable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with editors to make sure that they are being reasonable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks very much for your post. We definitely value our freelancers and want to make sure the pay is fair for you. We are committed to making sure every Fool, whether freelance, contractor or ... More

  8.  

    Freedom, flexibility, and great benefits!

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

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

    Pros

    High performers are given a lot of latitude to work on whatever they want, whenever they want -- provided it's moving the needle. And the office is always a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Some can take advantage of the culture and not carry their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are doing a great job. Our business and culture are both getting better and better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We’re so appreciative of the comments we receive on Glassdoor, especially from long-tenured Fools. Your first comment really gets to the heart of our philosophy: We’ve built our culture to support ... More

  9.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at Motley Fool as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing culture and environment. It is very refreshing to work at a place where everyone is happy.
    - Focus is on performance
    - Flexibility, in almost every aspect of your job
    -

    Cons

    Though the culture and opportunities certainly make up for it, working for the Fool will require some to take a pay cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always stay committed to quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We love it when our contractors recognize our commitment to quality and a flexible, performance-based environment! Our compensation and recruiting Fools focus intensely on providing the most fair ... More

  10.  

    Opportunity at the Fool is completely in your control & boundless, and that's exactly what makes it great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open environment with little in the way of trying new projects.

    Cons

    Very few, like any growing company the Fool has it's own set of growing pains, which are very few.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    We’re definitely growing! It’s nice to hear that even with our consistent growth and big goal of helping the world invest better, we’re keeping the growing pains to a minimum. Thanks for noticing our ... More

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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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