Unveiling our #Foolosophy Video Series

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Since we’re constantly striving to spread the word about Foolish culture, our latest endeavor is pretty darn exciting. Introducing Foolosophies, a peek into life at FoolHQ through interviews with the Fools that know our company best. This video series uncovers answers to many questions about the Fool, from the importance of core values to our Foolanthropy tradition; different collaboration opportunities; and the 411 on our insurance benefits.

Do you feel like your organization is in need of a culture makeover? These videos provide valuable information that could inspire you to make a big change. Fools share their best tips for accommodating different types of workspaces; fostering transparent communication; and holding companywide events like Pizza Day and Cake Day – for a purpose!

More #Foolosophy videos are in production, but we’d love your feedback! Is there a question that you’re dying to have answered? Comment below and we’ll take it into consideration! Wondering how to see such great content? See our Menu above – and click “Foolosophy.”

Fool On, Foolish readers!

GLASSDOOR NAMES US THE BEST MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANY TO WORK FOR IN THE US (AGAIN!)

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Have you heard the exciting news? Glassdoor has named us the #1 company to work for in America – for the second year in a row! Out of more than 125,000 companies eligible to win, The Motley Fool was ranked highest by those who know best – our Foolish employees.

Winners were determined based entirely on accurate and approved company reviews submitted to Glassdoor between November 13, 2013 and November 2, 2014. All of the reviews remain absolutely anonymous, and The Motley Fool took the top spot on the list for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees.

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What makes a company the best place to work? Besides a motivating company mission, employee engagement and workplace culture are also major factors. Head People Fool Lee Burbage adds,”We don’t believe perks drive our employee engagement, but feeling like your leadership team cares about you and what you want or need to be happy does drive engagement.” Our CEO Tom Gardner and a few other Fools share more in this exciting video:

 

Thanks to Fools near and far that contributed to our success. Fool On!

Recruiting: You Can Do Better

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By Sara Klieger

We’ve written a few times about what job candidates can do to stand out. But what can companies and recruiters do to ensure that great candidates apply to their jobs and finish the recruiting process feeling good about the company – even if they didn’t get a job offer?

I know a few people who are job hunting currently, and they’ve shared some of their frustrations with me. If your company is committing any of these recruiting sins, I guarantee you’re missing out on highly-qualified applicants. Or worse, you’re scaring them away.

1) Your online application system is the worst thing ever

If an applicant has to upload their resume AND manually enter the same information in a different place, it’s annoying. No one likes annoying. Look into a different system. Also, if applicants are following directions to upload resumes and cover letters, but the system still won’t accept the uploaded files, you’re wasting applicants’ time. They’ll give up on you and apply elsewhere.

2) You don’t give applicants time to prepare

A friend of mine recently applied to a job, and within two hours, someone from that company called them up and began a phone interview – with no advanced warning! Respect an applicant’s time. They might not be in a place where they can talk to you right now (maybe they’re at their desk at the job they want to leave!). Schedule the phone screen in advance so they can be relaxed, prepared, and truly ready to answer your questions.

3) You don’t tell applicants they’ve been rejected – after they interviewed in person!

This one, to me, is the big no-no. An applicant took hours out of their day, possibly taking vacation time, to interview with your company. By now, you’ve probably spoken on the phone and emailed a few times. In short, you’ve built up a relationship with this person. To not ever let them know you’ve made an offer to another candidate is so disrespectful. All it takes is a quick email.

In a world where people can slam you on Glassdoor, your company can’t afford to not treat job candidates well. Make sure the application process works seamlessly, work with candidates to schedule their interviews at a mutually convenient time, and keep up the communication with them, even if the news you have to share isn’t happy. You’ll leave candidates thinking more highly of your company, and more likely to apply again or recommend job openings to their friends.

Glassdoor Names Us the Best Medium-Sized Company To Work For In the US

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GlassdoorThe Motley Fool, founded in Alexandria with the purpose of helping the world invest better, has been given top honor today as the best medium-sized company to work for in 2014 by Glassdoor.com.

The Motley Fool beat out companies from across the country. SmartBear Software (#2) and Travelzoo (#3) round out the top three of the category. Other companies making the list include Hubspot (#12), and electroshock weapon maker TASER (#23).

According to Glassdoor, the list was compiled “solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor’s anonymous online company review survey.”

Said The Motley Fool’s Chief People Officer Lee Burbage: “We work tirelessly to keep our employees engaged in jobs they love and a mission they support. We’re thrilled that we’ve created a workplace that’s worthy of their praise.”

In addition to this latest recognition by Glassdoor, The Motley Fool can be found on Washingtonian magazine’s list of the “50 Great Places to Work” as well as Washington Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work.” The Motley Fool was also named the Best Media Company to Work For by Business Insider, placing it ahead of Disney, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting among others.

“We love talking about office culture and welcome sharing ideas with anyone who’s interested,” Burbage said.

The Motley Fool hosts a monthly culture tour and Q&A on the first Friday of each month at its office in Alexandria.  For further information, comment and questions, please contact Matt Trogdon at mtrogdon@fool.com.

Hear from Lee Burbage and a few others about what they love about working at The Fool, and how we attract top talent and keep employees happy and motivated: