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Motley Fool Overview

Website www.fool.com
Headquarters Alexandria, VA
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
The Motley Fool is on a mission: to disrupt the traditional, button-up world of investing and bring great stock ideas to individual investors. Through its website, premium subscription services, books, a syndicated newspaper column, podcasts, a Roku channel, and message boards ... More

Mission: To Help the World Invest - Better.

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Motley Fool – Why Work For Us?

Founded in 1993 in Alexandria, VA., by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool champions shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor. The company's name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king -- without getting their heads lopped off.

Become a professional Fool! Seriously.

"To Help the World Invest - Better." That's our purpose, carried out through our award-winning website, best-selling books, syndicated newspaper column, and a continuously growing series of market-beating subscription newsletters. We communicate common-sense money management skills and superior investment ideas in plain English.

Fools get respect and flexibility

We spend our days battling the pretension in the world of finance and investing, so it follows that our Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters is an unpretentious place to work. No suits. No neckties. No pantyhose. No problem if you want to brainstorm or take a break by playing pool, ping-pong, or Ms. Pac-Man (the game room is always open). Take the time to shop online or set your fantasy football line up, just do your job and do it well. We trust you.



Foolish Benefits


The Fool’s vacation/sick policy is pretty straightforward: take what you need. That’s right, as long as you get your work done and consult with your supervisor in advance (if you’re going to be sick, we’d like to know in advance, but we understand it doesn’t always work that way…unfortunately…), you may take any reasonable amount of time off. With pay, of course. Huh? Flexible paid time off? What’s the catch? Well… nothing, actually. Fools treat themselves, their company and their co-workers with fairness and respect, so you will not abuse such a wonderfully Foolish benefit.

Health/Vision/Prescription/Dental Care

The Fool offers comprehensive health, vision, prescription, and dental coverage through a PPO plan. And if you are electing coverage for yourself, it’s only $4 per paycheck ($2 for health/prescription/vision and $2 for dental)! Benefits are even effective on your date of hire.

Location, location, motivation

The Motley Fool HQ is located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia across from the King Street Metro station. Walk to swell restaurants. Bike the historic tow path along the Potomac. Go sailing after work. Grab the Metro to anywhere you like.

Working at the Fool will be the best job you’ll ever have: flexible work schedule, competitive salary, great benefits, and one of the best working environments you’ll find anywhere.

Business is thriving, growing, and evolving, so you’ll meet new challenges every day. If you want to spend your career making the world a better place and contributing to a revolution in investment, The Motley Fool may be the place for you.


We follow the New York Stock Exchange. When they’re enjoying a day off in Hawaii…well…at least we get to sleep in too! (By the way, the DC Metro area is way cooler than Hawaii.)

Work Schedule

Work like a grown-up. A Fool’s work is never done, but that doesn’t mean we work all the time. As a general rule, Fools start their day about 9:30 am. Lots of Fools work a standard 40-50 hour workweek. But we recognize that everyone is different. We try to stay flexible. Working with your supervisors, you can customize your work schedule to meet the particular demands of your job.

Dress Code

Anything goes, even white shoes before Memorial Day. We really only have three types ofunacceptable dress here at the Fool: Viking helmets with strapless evening gowns; plaid with polka-dots; more than three colors not found in nature.

Tuition Reimbursement

Fools are provided with up to $5,250 in tax-free educational assistance for undergrad or grad-level courses.

The courses must:

  • Be provided through an accredited college or university
  • Be related to a Fool’s current job or a career path within The Motley Fool (sorry, we don’t need brain surgeons on staff)
  • Be approved by HR in advance

Pre-Tax Savings Programs

  • Traditional Pre-Tax or Roth (After-Tax): Employees can contribute up to the legal limit each year. And as financial educators, we strongly encourage you to sock away the full amount. The Motley Fool matches $.50 on the dollar up to your first 8%.
  • Flex Spending Account: Includes the option of a medical and/or a dependent care account.

Income Protection

  • AD&D: 1 times annual salary up to $100k, all paid for by the Fool.
  • Life Insurance: 1 times annual salary up to $100k, all paid for by the Fool.
  • Long-Term Disability: Fools receive 60% of their salary, tax-free, paid for by the Fool (up to a maximum of $10,000 per month).
  • Short-Term Disability: Fools receive 100% of their salary paid for by the Fool.
  • Supplemental AD&D: Option to purchase additional AD&D insurance at an awesome group rate.
  • Supplemental Life Insurance: Option to purchase additional life insurance at a schweet group rate.
  • Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance: Option to purchase additional coverage also at a group rate.

Family Concern

  • Employee Assistance Program: Confidential counseling & referral service for employees and eligible dependents.
  • Maternity Leave: Up to 14 weeks off at 100% pay. Plus $200 of grocery delivery at the Fool’s expense.
  • Paternity Leave: Up to 5 weeks off at 100% pay. Plus $200 of grocery delivery at the Fool’s expense.

Going Green Initiative

  • No Styrofoam: Fools use Foolish travel mugs instead of adding heaps of Styrofoam to the landfills.
  • Zipcar: Enjoy discounted membership and driving rates. Easy access to cars such as the two cars located across the street at the King Street Metro station.

Stock Program

Everyone here is an owner. As a new-hire, you’ll be granted options to purchase shares of Motley Fool stock. Your option price will be based upon the fair market value as determined by the Board of Directors on the date of grant.

Other Great Benefits

  • Clubs: We have clubs that go bowling, try new recipes, watch movies, read books, and get together while their dogs play in the park. (And that’s only naming a few of our clubs.)
  • Credit Monitoring: If you want someone else to monitor your credit report and restore your identity if it is ever stolen (hopefully, it won’t!), it can be done, at a group rate.
  • Fool Dollars: $1,200 for a gym membership, tuition, work-at-home hardware, domestic partner insurance, and many other approved expenses.
  • Free Access to all TMF subscription services: How much are you shelling out for our subscriptions currently?
  • Free Fitness Class: Every Monday,  Tuesday and Thursday in our very own building for Fools only.
  • Game Room: We’ve got pool, foos, ping-pong, pop-n-shot, Playstation, Atari, Ms. Pacman and satellite TV. We play at all hours.
  • Monthly All-Fool Activities: Each month we have some kind of exciting adventure. It could be camping, going to a hockey game, going to an amusement park, skiing, attending the theater, or celebrating April Fool’s Day.
  • Onsite Gym: Fools have free access to an in-house gym with locker rooms and shower facilities.
  • Onsite Massage: Stress happens, even here. So, every week, a licensed therapist comes on site to bliss you out with a seated massage. Not to mention we have two out-of-this-world massage chairs.
  • Open Gym: Free access to a local gym twice a week to join fellow fools for a game of basketball, soccer, or floor hockey.
  • Pizza, Cake, and the Occasional Belgian Waffle: On the first Friday each month we enjoy big gooey cakes to spotlight everyone with a birthday. And on the last Friday of every month, we gather for pizza on the Fool.  Ask for your favorite toppings. There are also other occasional Food days, like Chili Day, Smoothie Day, Hot Breakfast Day.
  • Subsidized Transit: You can choose between a metro subsidy (metro is just across the street!) or subsidized parking (ends up being free for you) right below our magnificent offices.
  • Vet Insurance: Because sometimes the most important person in your life isn’t a person you can get a 5% discount off normal rates.
  • Yoga Classes: Monday and Wednesday classes are held for Fools to stretch out.

Your Career at the Fool

To wear the title of Fool proudly (as we do), you need brains, talent, integrity, passion, stamina, and what we call Foolishness.

Our name comes from Act II, Scene vii, of Shakespeare's As You Like It. In Elizabethan drama, only Fools could speak the truth to the king without losing their heads. David and Tom Gardner founded The Motley Fool, Inc. in 1993 to help people make better financial decisions by exposing the shams behind the conventional Wall Street "kings."

Your voice

There's a definite Motley Fool voice, plainspoken and irreverent. But there's never one indivisible Motley Fool opinion. Individual responsibility is at the heart of our culture here at the Fool. Use your own judgment and bounce your ideas around with other Fools. Superior investment ideas can come from anywhere, so your ability to listen and synthesize is as important as your ability to create.

Turf wars are rare at The Motley Fool. Maybe because our turf is wide open. There is no visible pecking order. Nobody fights for the corner office. (There are no corner offices.)

Growth and Development

The career of each Fool is dynamic and may change over time. We know you are most productive when your skills, passion, and the company’s needs intersect.

We believe that continuous learning is essential to drive creativity, problem solving, and overall job satisfaction. It is also the key to the future of The Motley Fool, and your development is not only supported – it’s expected.

Our corporate university, Fool University, offers over one hundred opportunities each year to improve your brain, both in your job and overall. Topics include everything from the standards like communication and computer skills to improvisation and golf classes.

Our dynamic speaker series brings in dozens of experts each year to discuss a broad range of topics. Past speakers have included world renowned CEO’s, authors, investors, economists, and a Flying Karamazov Brother.

Wherever you are in your career path, The Motley Fool offers you opportunities for personal and professional growth. We provide a foundation for continuous learning in a culture of respect, transparency, competition and fun.

At the Fool, your career can be what you make it.


Working at the Fool will be the best job you'll ever have: flexible work schedule, competitive salary, great benefits, and one of the best working environments you'll find anywhere.

Business is thriving, growing, and evolving, so you'll meet new challenges every day. If you want to spend your career making the world a better place and contributing to a revolution in investment, The Motley Fool may be the place for you.

Our Purpose

  • To Help the World Invest - Better.

Our Core Values

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  • Collaborate - Do great things together.
  • Innovate - Search for a better solution. Then top it!
  • Fun - Revel in your work.
  • Honest - Make us proud.
  • Competitve - Play fair, play hard, play to win.
  • Motley - Make Foolishness your own. Share your core value _____________.


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    A casual dress code and the flexibility to work on couches, chaises, or treadmills around the office are just pixels on the Fool's monitor of perks. The unlimited vacation, health and wellness initiatives, free swag (apparel, foods, etc.), and epic company events are more key elements of the Fool's continually growing list of benefits. What keeps the Fool at the top is our people. Fools care about each other. We listen to each other, work together well, and want to see each other succeed. We're passionate about helping each other learn from mistakes and develop into better workers each day. If you want to learn something, you just have to ask. There are so many communication tools to choose from if you want to reach someone. In addition to the perks and people, the location is beautiful. Our building has wide, open windows and the space is open and collaborative. Old Town Alexandria has great food, easy access to the metro, and with our patio facing the Masonic Temple, the view is always a grand one.


    We move fast, and sometimes that means we break things along the way. There are so many different projects and ideas being tested around the office, and it's up to you to make sure you stay on top of the updates. If you need a clear career path or thrive on job titles, you won't be happy at the Fool. While there are teams of Fools happy to help and guide you, your career path is ultimately up to you. It's not uncommon for a Fool to work on 10+ different teams in 10 years. Speaking of teams, they change often, and you have to be able to roll with the frequent changes. Flexibility and adaptability are musts, or you'll find yourself lost in the sea of fast-paced Foolishness.

    Advice to Management

    We are heading in the right direction with the open communication during company wide meetings and availability of information. We know you're listening to our feedback, so continue keeping us in the loop with any changes happening around the office. We're listening too and want to stay the best place to work!

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Charlottesville, VA) in May 2015.


    There were a couple of writing prompts to submit. The prompts were fairly open-ended, though specifically structured and laid out. You could choose from a few clearly-defined topics, but had plenty of leeway to write how you wanted, to really showcase your writing style and knowledge of investments and fundamental analysis.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your writing experience?   1 Answer


    There was no negotiation phase.

Motley Fool Awards & Accolades

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  • Glassdoor's Employee's Choice Award - Top 50 Medium Sized Companies, Glassdoor, 2014
  • Washingtonian Magazine 50 Great Places to Work, Washingtonian, 2013
  • Best Places to Work (Large), Washington Business Journal, 2013
  • Best Places to Work, Washington Business Journal, 2012
  • Best Places To Work (#5), Washington Business Journal, 2011
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