As the reader, you’re likely already familiar with our company. Of course we have Fool.com, but the People Team runs this site – our Culture Blog. Here we’ve posted tons of articles about workplace culture, collaboration, and innovation. As our company grows, hiring the best new Fools has become a top priority. We decided that prospective Fools deserved a site of their own, so a team formed to develop The Motley Fool’s Careers Site …and it’s now live!
We hope this resource will help applicants envision how Fools work individually, cross-departmentally, and as a company to achieve goals.The Culture Blog will stay updated, but one thing that’s moving is our job feed. Going forward, you’ll be able to find all our open positions on the Careers Site!
We’re currently hiring, so there’s no better time to learn what life at The Motley Fool has to offer. Take a look here, and please pass along to anyone that could be a potential Fool!
Are we the coolest office in DC? Well, Fools sure think so – but it doesn’t hurt that DC Inno just profiled our Alexandria headquarters as part of their Office Envy series! We take pride in maintaining a dynamic workplace that appeals to many different personalities. These featured photos also show that Fools love board games (we stock a collection on the 4th Floor!); working on the balcony in nice weather rules; couches are used for working (not sleeping!); and wellness really plays a huge part in Foolish productivity.
Fools like to be different, so our unique workspaces here at FoolHQ shouldn’t be all that shocking. In addition to beanbags and height-adjustable desks, we also house a ball pit. Yes – an old-school ball pit that Fools actually use for meetings and work. In fact, it moves around the office because it’s pretty popular.
No matter how much we innovate office aesthetics, our goal of sustaining a productive culture stays put. We keep work fun, which sometimes means that pranking is involved. The most recent scene of the crime was the ballpit itself…
From our Foolish Recruiting Team:
Here at FoolHQ, it’s our first week of the summer without interns. The office is a little quieter, the game room is a lot emptier, and the preparation for next year is already under way. A few of our interns have been crowned full time Fools and most returned to their college campuses… but they all made a significant footprint in our business that will help us help the world invest – better.
An internship at the Fool is a lot like full time employment with the Fool. We work on hard problems, we are immersed in cross-functional teams, and we strive to deliver the highest impact and best solution to our members. One of our software development interns helped design and build a centralized platform that will allow peer-to-peer sharing of investing research. When she wasn’t publishing articles to our Canadian site, our international intern researched the regional stock market that links the exchanges of Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Chile so the team could better understand the Latin American market. Our investing interns wrote articles for Fool.com when they weren’t preparing for team-wide stock pitches, podcast recordings, and 10-K challenges.
In addition to team-specific goals, the intern cohort spent lots of time together #collaborating and #learning. They graduated from Fool University after taking classes on business valuations, retention marketing, global operations, how to build a computer from scratch, and several other courses. They also spent a lot of time together learning what toppings to put on ice cream sundaes, which surface is most practical for a high volume of push-ups, which of the nine pizza shops make the best pie on pizza day, and how to scale a mountain in West Virginia. We’re serious about that last one- check out the pics below!
While the Fool’s Summer 2015 Internship program has come to an end, the magic is in the works to make next summer’s adventure even better. If you’re interested in spending a summer interning with us, stay tuned for details over the coming months. We’ll be hosting an open house during winter break so you can talk to the various teams that host interns, learn more about our business, check out our unconventionally sweet office space, and maybe- just maybe- leave with some Fool swag. To get on the VIP list for that open house, be sure to include the phrase “robots float on clouds” when sign-ups become available. Trust us, you’ll know it when you see it.
While financial health is the base of our business, Fools need strong minds too. As full-time Wellness Director Sam Whiteside revolutionizes Foolish health, her initiatives are quickly becoming ingrained in our culture. During Sam’s time as a Fool, she’s added additional workout classes (yoga, kettlebells, and cycling – oh my!); started a monthly newsletter; created company-wide challenges; and offered multiple private consults to Fools striving for better health. However, these examples barely cover the surface of Sam’s impact on our organization. Her goal is to reach 100% wellness participation across the company and, in just under 2 years, we’ve already hit 89%.
We’re thrilled that Sam was able to represent Foolish wellness in our recent Washington Post feature, which announced their picks for 2015’s Best Places to Work.
In a world where work is nearly 24/7, wellness is even more important to employees’ happiness. And while it could be intimidating, don’t feel nervous about encouraging health initiatives at your organization. Sam advises, “The trick is to get to know your people first, get their trust. And then they’ll pretty much let you run them into the ground if you want to.”
To see what other companies made The Washington Post’s list, click right here.
As a job-seeker or HR professional, have you ever contemplated the top traits a candidate can offer in today’s job market? Our recruiters, who collectively bring 10 years of experience to the Fool, took a break to tackle hiring’s most-popular FAQ’S for Glassdoor’s “Rockstar Recruiter Series.” Their answers, covering everything from internal branding to cultural fit, are definitely worth a read.
Our CEO Tom Gardner points out: “Employees spend a third of their lives at work. Make your office a place someone would actually want to spend time.” We’re all about sharing ideas, and thanks to Glassdoor we can start a discussion on Foolish recruiting. Even if you’re not in the hiring industry, we hope our feature inspires ideas that can improve your workplace.
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Depending on a company’s approach, the definition of corporate wellness can stretch over a pretty broad spectrum. In addition to offering free 1:1 personal training, subsidized in-house massages, and a variety of fitness classes, Head Wellness Fool Sam Whiteside thinks outside of the box. We couldn’t agree more that our “health and fitness perks are off the charts” and feel excited to appear on Mashable’s list of companies with “amazingly unique wellness programs.”
Ranking #4 on a list surrounded by companies like Google, Fitbit, and Zappos, The Motley Fool was recognized for our fun fitness challenges, monthly health newsletter, and frequent involvement in area marathons and races. Sam Whiteside also shared that the Fool’s wellness engagement is nearly 86%.
See Mashable’s full feature on Foolish Fitness here!