Motley Fool - I didn't know what I was missing | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "I didn't know what I was missing"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Motley Fool treats its employees like treasured assets. Unlimited vacation time and flexible hours are real. I take the time to catch a kid's soccer match after school without censor. Employees are encouraged to continually learn new things and there is a healthy budget for it. With just 6 months at the Fool, I have an out of town conference approved and the online classes that helped me do my job better faster... were promptly compensated. The company's mission of making people smarter, happier and richer is for reals internally and externally. The environment is so collaborative that I am compelled to show up to the office despite a 45-minute commute. The people and the welcoming atmosphere totally destroy the image of computer geeks hiding in their corners not talking to anyone.

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    Cons

    Be prepared to gain a fool 15. Despite wellness programs and benefits that compensate up to $75 for gym memberships a month, all the free food adds up if you are not careful. Also, it takes a while to be hired. Two months of rigorous interviews and coding challenges reduce the cultural mismatches that may happen at other companies but it was nerve-wracking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture alive during this time of growth. Working with ego-free, snarky kind people is wonderful.

    Motley Fool2019-09-08
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    "Great place to work... until it's not"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Motley Fool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When the Fool is great, it is really great. For most of the first year, people think they've landed a job at the best company ever. Amazing people, great perks, flexible schedule, unlimited vacation, great health insurance, awesome outings that facilitate bonding with coworkers. All the surface level things that make people happy and actually enjoy going into the office.

    Cons

    After you've been there for around a year, you start to see how things really work. Once people hit the ~5 year mark, it's almost like they have tenure. It doesn't matter how bad they mess up, how negative of an influence they are, or even how much HR recognizes it; they're protected, promoted, and given too much power. These people rarely leave on their own, which means their roles are never vacant. I've seen so... many people held captive because of the possibility of a role they want opening up. What's worse is people who are insanely qualified with multiple masters degrees, designations, certifications, etc. are stuck in roles meant for recent grads until they realize they're worth more or until they're pushed out (which seems to be the Fool way). I wholeheartedly believe Tom and David care about every employee, but I don't think any complaints of this nature ever reach them.

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    Advice to Management

    Get more granular feedback from direct reports and stop protecting the wrong people. It's no secret to most employees who needs to go. You lose serious top talent and hinder efficiency by keeping managers and business owners, just because they've been there forever, who are underqualified and do the bare minimum. I have friends who still work there who are actively looking elsewhere because this is still happening.... Hold all of your employees accountable, promote the right people, and show people they're valued by asking for their feedback and then listening to what they have to say (engagement surveys are not enough!). It's unfortunate, as an employee, once you reach this realization. The good parts are so, so good but once you see how things work, there's no going back.

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    Motley Fool2019-09-11
  2. "Pays well"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Temporary Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Motley Fool for less than a year

    Pros

    good pay easy mindless tasks nice technology

    Cons

    not an accurate time estimated to work

    Motley Fool2019-09-11

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