Motley Fool - Great place, but not perfect | Glassdoor
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    Great place, but not perfect

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Employees have a voice. Leadership cares and is accessible. Relatively common for people to "change careers" without leaving the company. Company is constantly exploring new opportunities and ideas. Great benefits.

    Cons

    It's all the cons that are the flip side of the pro's: Can be frustrating to express your strong views and not have them embraced (try pleasing hundreds of people at once). There are more "guidelines" than rules, and that flexibility can create confusion at times. Would be a difficult place for someone who prefers a lot of structure, direction and clear advancement path. The great benefits and overall environment...

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    Advice to Management

    The Fool is a great place TO WORK. Please continue to reinforce to employees that TMF is (and has to be) A BUSINESS first. You have great and engaged founders, and please continue to reinforce that a great work environment and a great business go hand-in-hand, and that a growing business is what pays the bills for the amazing culture AND creates job growth. Now... I have to get back to reading my latest book from...

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    Best Place I've Ever Worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You hear people all the time who say it's their dream to work at the Motley Fool. Everything you hear about progressive companies -- unlimited PTO, flexible work hours, trust in their employees, great culture, autonomy, great people, etc. -- happens at the Fool. Over the past 7 years, I've worked at 3 other companies before coming to the Fool. I am being honest when I say that the Motley Fool is the best place I have...

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    Cons

    The only con I have heard of, and I have not been here long enough to experience it myself, is that the trajectory at the Motley Fool tends to plateau after many years (I'm talking about 7-10 years). The reason people have left is because they felt that their careers have stagnated, despite the perks, freedom, etc., and the wanted to try something different -- i.e. they get the 7-year itch. Another con is that the...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide an enriching, challenging, autonomous, and lighthearted experience for your employees. The Fool's motto is to "Educate, Amuse, and Enrich". I think this applies to all aspects, including hiring and culture. If you keep cultivating good people and building trust, you'll keep the buoyant culture and having people (like myself) excited and who can't wait to come to work everyday.

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    Another self-reported "fun" place that oversells its benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motley Fool full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Casual, both in dress and general manner. They also splurge on office chairs.

    Cons

    The entire company relies only on its marketing, and so marketing is all that matters. Despite our obnoxious, predatory ads that are just barely legal in the ways words and promises are twisted, the managers still tout our company's "Golden Rule" of fairness and transparency. The offices are located in one of the most expensive cities in the US to live, and yet you aren't paid a wage that allows you to actually live...

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in your MEMBERS. Spend time paying attention to complaints from paying members and the people who talk to them on a daily basis.

    Motley Fool Response

    October 1, 2018Human Resources

    While we're proud of how we've served all of our stakeholders this year due to the hard work of all of our employees, we are always striving to be better. Thanks, Fool, for your feedback and thank you for your many years of contributions. We encourage you find a fellow Fool that you ...

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