Mission: To Help the World Invest - Better.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Fools are provided with up to $5,250 in tax-free educational assistance for undergrad or grad-level courses.
The courses must:
Pre-Tax Savings Programs
Going Green Initiative
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
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."
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.
Several years after I left I still regard my time at The Fool fondly. Some of the smartest, kindest, and most fun people I have ever known worked there. I learned so much about business, company culture and leadership . I use those skills everyday, even years later.
Not everyone belongs there forever. Sometimes as a natural part of career progression it’s time to move on. There can be frustration when people don’t see their next step within the company. Instead of acknowledging that and moving on there are hurt feelings.
Advice to Management
You’ve all been together a really long time. Be careful that you seek and respect external perspectives. I know you are constant learners and like to promote from within - keep that up, but also embrace diversity of leadership styles from outside.
I applied through other source. I interviewed at Motley Fool.
Took editing test, which I aced. (How do I know? I'm a good editor, that's how.) Did phone interview which was average, nothing unique or unusual, except that they ended it abruptly because (they said) someone needed the room they were in. Pretty poor planning, if that's true. Anyway, to conclude the interview properly, I emailed the interviewer right away, thanking them for speaking with me, etc. They said they'd let me know "by the end of next week." Suffice to say I never heard, and after two weeks, I emailed to follow up. No answer until the *following* week, when they finally decided to tell me they went with "someone who better met their needs."