FoolHQ is Worthy of “Office Envy”

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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.


A big thanks to DC Inno for visiting the Fool. Take a minute to “Step In” and check out our space now!

Take a FoolHQ Tour with Us!

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at The Motley Fool? You’re certainly not the only one! Lucky for you, we offer the opportunity to visit Fool HQ on the first Friday of every month through our Workplace Foolosophy Tours. Hosted by a People Team Fool, you’ll get the full scoop behind our company’s history, core values, and unique workplace culture. If you’re excited about the possibility of bringing new ideas to your workplace, this tour is for you! Plus all the fun happens in under 2 hours.

Our People Team is comprised of Fools from Office Operations, Recruiting, Learning & Development, Communications, & Organizational Development, and a 45 minute Q&A session with these Fools follows every tour. You’ll get insight from Fools like our Chief People Officer, Executive Coaches, and Recruiters.

Click here to see our open dates and sign up for a spot. Please keep in mind that we limit registration to 4 people per company. We look forward to spending a Friday morning with you soon!

Supporting Snooze Breaks

Our monthly Workplace Foolosophy Tour usually spurs at least one question about Fool HQ’s “Reading Room.” This secluded space, complete with a couch and blankets, coincidentally doubles as an ideal napping spot. Foolish visitors are sometimes baffled that Fools can siesta during the workday, no questions asked.

Fool HQ keeps grounded with a strong sense of transparency; the backbone of many of our unique benefits. We don’t question how time is spent in the office because top-performing Fools and their different work ethics are trusted.

Resting on the job is said to boost engagement and increase alertness, ultimately building better collaboration results. There may be more benefits than you think – as long as you don’t hit the snooze button.


Unveiling our #Foolosophy Video Series


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!

Fool Speaker Series: Chris Guillebeau


It took 11 years for Chris Guillebeau to complete his quest of visiting every country in the world. This staggering journey – which he viewed in the beginning as “really difficult but not fundamentally impossible,” led Chris to all 193 countries. The first 100 countries he visited – not counting layovers, by the way – cost $30,000. Though there was certainly a financial element involved, Chris prioritized his travels and reached this incredible goal by his 35th birthday.

Chris met an amazing community of people and gathered a treasure trove of stories, many of which are shared in his latest New York Times bestseller The Happiness of Pursuit. He features the quests of people like Lisa – the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by sailboat at age 16 – to a man who pursued a 17 year vow of silence. Check out what you can take from Chris – including his top pick for travel destination – in 60 seconds or less below!

*This post’s image was taken from Chris Guillebeau’s blog, The Art of Non-Conformity

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


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

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

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:

Visit The Motley Fool!


IMG_5329_exportWe love to meet fellow Fools and exchange ideas.  As you can imagine, we get a lot of requests for office tours or visits.  While we aren’t able to accommodate every schedule, we do have two ways that you can visit Motley Fool Intergalactic Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

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Are you a member of one of the Fool’s investing services? Contact us directly to inquire about a 15 minute tour

Office Culture Tour
You’ve heard of the Fool’s unique culture and you want to bring some of our special sauce back to your company. Come meet with our HR team — we want to share Foolish best practices with you! Join us for First Friday Workplace Foolosophy Tour and discussion led by HR Fools. We’ll talk about workplace satisfaction, employee engagement, benefits, feedback, and more. These tours are held on the first Friday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. Sign up here!_MG_9716


·         We will not give personalized investment advice
·         We do not currently have tours for people trying to sell us stuff
·         You might get pinged by an errant Nerf dart
·         This is not a job interview
·         Wear comfortable shoes – everyone here is in flip flops anyway
·         You may be called a Fool (but that’s a good thing!)