We weren’t kidding about that whole #FoolsWalk131 challenge!
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.