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  1. Contractors make the business but they aren't always treated fairly.

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    Former Contractor - Contributor
    Former Contractor - Contributor

    I worked at Motley Fool as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Motley Fool really takes their mission and core values seriously, and for the most part, they tend to deliver. While on-campus, you are allowed pretty much free reign over your schedule, and it got to the point that we would only come in when we had a meeting or some other event scheduled. Not too shabby.

    Free pizza, cake, and other foodstuffs are always a bonus too.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I felt that I was never given an accurate picture of what my deliverables were for the company, other than a target number of articles to hit each month. "Coaching" to correct deficiencies often felt more negative than positive, and only made me question my ability as a writer, instead of encouraging me to do better. It got to a point where I would stress after hitting the submit button, that my article would have to undergo numerous additional revisions before publication, and therefore I would not be able to move onto other articles and increase my productivity.

    I'll admit that most of this was perhaps my failure to adapt to the life of a freelance writer, but I also felt like my particular bureau had favorites among their stable of writers, and if you weren't among the handful of favorites, it was harder to get your stuff published in a timely manner. Furthermore, comparisons to the "favorites" seemed to do the opposite of building a strong bureau, instead pitting each writer against the others in a battle for top favorite.

    Advice to Management

    With a strong stable of contract writers, maybe it is not necessary to give all the same boilerplate contract? If some are more comfortable writing less, and producing good product, maybe let them dictate the amount they write (and get paid for) instead.

    Motley Fool Response

    Oct 24, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your experiences at The Motley Fool. We’re very proud of our mission and core values, as well as an environment of trust that permits Fools to set their own schedule. We have been ... More

  2. Great Internship, Better People

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, people are very open to talking to you and helping you (everyone), not the kind of internship where you are expected to get coffee and pizza for people, many other perks that include pizza days, omelets breakfasts, and desserts

    Cons

    The investment internship is loosely structured, although the career advancement opportunities are minimal since the internship does not allow opportunity for further advancement usually

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great Tom and David! Keep it up.

  3. Helpful (11)

    Needs to improve overall employee satisfaction and morale

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    Former Employee - Professional
    Former Employee - Professional

    I worked at Motley Fool full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    During the honeymoon period (first 2 months of starting the position), everything is wonderful. They bend over backwards to help you, and most of all they talk up how great Motley Fool is to work for, and how fortunate you are for them to have chosen you to be with them. It makes you feel very special to be the "chosen one".

    Cons

    After about 2 months to a year, you start to realize who you are truly working for. The managers personalities finally reveal themselves and the culture creeps up on you. Unfortunately, it wasn't positive for me. Since the culture is "play as much as you like", and the desks with no cubicle walls to separate you from hundreds of others, you begin to realize how unprofessional this place really is. It was like a huge playground, with very poor management emotional intelligence (speaking of my three direct managers). Absolutely zero privacy, and every single phone call to your spouse, doctor and friend, was overheard by 10's of people, including your strange managers, who then all asked you about what you talked about on the phone with your spouse and doctor! I was horrified each time. When I was working on certain projects and needed a few others to complete their part of the project in order for me to continue on with my portion of the project, those other people were consistently no were to be found. Where were they each time I went look for them? In the game room, or "running late" for work. Sometimes they showed up at 1pm, sometimes at 11am. No one knew. It was especially frustrating for a professional like myself. I could go on about all of the problems with this company, but there isn't enough time and space. They desperately want you to believe it's the best company to work for (and continually tell you that while you work there) but in reality, it was the one of the worst. (I found it disturbing to have been told repeatedly that I'm "...lucky to have been chosen to work at the Motley Fool," etc., etc.)
    I quickly severed my employment with the Mostly Fool when I found an established professional company to work for. I'm still working for the same established professional company to this day. "Professional" makes all the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps hire a professional firm to oversee your management staff. You need to foster a professional level atmosphere. Hire not just intellectually competent management staff, but also hire emotionally intelligent individuals too. The "play as much as you want" culture is very disconcerting when you're working there and trying to be a professional. You wouldn't need to continually try and convince employees that it's "the best place to work in the world", if it truly was the best place to work.

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  5. Best place I've ever worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

    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

  6. Where you can unleash all of your ideas

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    I heart The Fool.

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    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

  8. Choose your own adventure

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Let Fools get to know you better

    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

  9. it was great

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Freelance Writer

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

    I have been working at Motley Fool as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work scheduled and wide degree of freedom.

    Cons

    The pay is only acceptable.

    Advice to Management

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

    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

  11. Freedom, flexibility, and great benefits!

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

    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

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