Foolish Benefits

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Your voice

There’s a definite Motley Fool voice, plainspoken and irreverent. But there’s never one indivisible Motley Fool opinion. Individual responsibility is at the heart of our culture here at the Fool. Use your own judgment and bounce your ideas around with other Fools. Superior investment ideas can come from anywhere, so your ability to listen and synthesize is as important as your ability to create.

Turf wars are rare at The Motley Fool. Maybe because our turf is wide open. There is no visible pecking order. Nobody fights for the corner office. (There are no corner offices.)

Location, location, motivation

The Motley Fool HQ is located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia across from the King Street Metro station. Walk to swell restaurants. Bike the historic tow path along the Potomac. Go sailing after work. Grab the Metro to anywhere you like.

Working at the Fool will be the best job you’ll ever have: flexible work schedule, competitive salary, great benefits, awesome coworkers, and one of the best working environments you’ll find anywhere.

Business is thriving, growing, and evolving, so you’ll meet new challenges every day. If you want to spend your career making the world a better place and contributing to a revolution in investment, The Motley Fool may be the place for you.

Health/Vision/Prescription/Dental Care

The Fool offers comprehensive health, vision, prescription, and dental coverage through a PPO plan. And if you are electing coverage for yourself, it’s only $4 per paycheck ($2 for health/prescription/vision and $2 for dental)! Benefits are even effective on your date of hire.

Vacation/Sick

The Fool’s vacation/sick policy is pretty straightforward: take what you need. That’s right, as long as you get your work done and consult with your supervisor in advance (if you’re going to be sick, we’d like to know in advance, but we understand it doesn’t always work that way…unfortunately…), you may take any reasonable amount of time off. With pay, of course. Huh? Flexible paid time off? What’s the catch? Well… nothing, actually. Fools treat themselves, their company and their co-workers with fairness and respect, so you will not abuse such a wonderfully Foolish benefit.

Holidays

We follow the New York Stock Exchange. And, being in the DC area has it perks as there is at least one holiday that we have off when everyone else is working.

Work Schedule

Work like a grown-up. A Fool’s work is never done, but that doesn’t mean we work all the time. Most Fools start their day between 8 – 10 am. Lots of Fools work a standard 40 hour workweek. But we recognize that everyone is different. We try to stay flexible. Working with your team, you can customize your work schedule to meet the particular demands of your job.

Dress Code

Anything goes, even white shoes before Memorial Day. We really only have three types of unacceptable dress here at the Fool: Viking helmets with strapless evening gowns; plaid with polka-dots; more than three colors not found in nature.

Financial Benefits

  • Traditional Pre-Tax 401(k) or Roth (After-Tax) 401(k): Employees can join immediately. And as financial educators, we strongly encourage you to sock away the full legal amount. The Motley Fool matches 2% up to your first 1% and $.50 on the dollar up to 9%.  (This is, essentially, a 6% match.)
  • Yes, Virginia, every Fool is indeed an investor.  When you’re hired, we’ll teach you how to buy your first stock, teach you how to open up a discount brokerage account, and then we’ll put $1,000 into that account to fund the purchase of a Motley Fool-recommended stock.  The stock is yours forever.  We just want to make sure every employee gets the chance to experience our services as do our paying members.
  • Fool Stock:  Better than ivory soap, the Fool is 99.95% owner by current and former employees.  Subject to board approval, every employee get  restricted stock, not options, upon being hired.
  • Bonus:  We have an All Fool’s bonus, based on hitting company-wide targets.  When the company wins, we all win.  Oh, and you can use part of your bonus to buy more Fool stock at a discount.
  • Fool Dollars: $1,200 for a gym membership, tuition, work-at-home hardware, domestic partner insurance, and many other approved expenses.
  • Tuition Reimbursement:  Fools are provided with up to $5,250 in tax-free educational assistance for undergrad or grad-level courses, annually.
  • Flex Spending: Includes the option of a medical and/or a dependent care account.
  • AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) Insurance: One times your annual salary up to $100k, all paid for by the Fool.
  • Supplemental AD&D: Option to purchase additional AD&D insurance at an awesome group rate.
  • Life Insurance: One times your annual salary up to $100k, all paid for by the Fool.
  • Supplemental Life Insurance: Option to purchase additional life insurance at a schweet group rate.
  • Short-Term Disability: Fools receive 100% of their salary paid for by the Fool.
  • Long-Term Disability: Fools receive 60% of their salary, tax-free, paid for by the Fool (up to a maximum of $10,000 per month).
  • Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance: Option to purchase additional coverage also at a group rate.

Wellness Benefits

  • Free Fitness Classes: Every work day, in our very own building, for Fools only.
  • Healthy Food: Fools sometimes get hungry.  When they do, they can pick up a snack from one of our stocked fridges or from the pantry.
  • Onsite Gym: Fools have free access to an in-house gym with locker rooms and shower facilities.
  • Onsite Massage: Stress happens, even here. So, every week, a licensed therapist comes on site to bliss you out with a seated massage. Not to mention we have two out-of-this-world massage chairs.
  • Open Gym: Free access to a local gym twice a week to join fellow fools for a game of basketball, soccer, or floor hockey.

Growth and Development

The career of each Fool is dynamic and may change over time. We know you are most productive when your skills, passion, and the company’s needs intersect.

We believe that continuous learning is essential to drive creativity, problem solving, and overall job satisfaction. It is also the key to the future of The Motley Fool, and your development is not only supported – it’s expected.

Our corporate university, Fool University, offers over one hundred opportunities each year to improve your brain, both in your job and overall. Topics include everything from the standards like communication and computer skills to improvisation and golf classes.

Our dynamic speaker series brings in dozens of experts each year to discuss a broad range of topics. Past speakers have included world renowned CEO’s, authors, investors, economists, and a Flying Karamazov Brother.

Wherever you are in your career path, The Motley Fool offers you opportunities for personal and professional growth. We provide a foundation for continuous learning in a culture of respect, transparency, competition and fun.

At the Fool, your career can be what you make it.

Family Concern

  • Employee Assistance Program: Confidential counseling & referral service for employees and eligible dependents.
  • Maternity Leave: Up to 14 weeks off at 100% pay. Plus $200 to spend on your new baby (or yourself – we won’t judge).
  • Paternity Leave: Up to 5 weeks off at 100% pay. Plus $200 to spend as you see best at this special time.

Going Green Initiative

  • No Styrofoam: Fools use Foolish travel mugs and Fool glasses instead of adding heaps of Styrofoam to the landfills.
  • Zipcar: Enjoy discounted membership and driving rates. Easy access to cars such as the two cars located across the street at the King Street Metro station.

Other Great Benefits

  • Clubs: We have clubs that go bowling, try new recipes, watch movies, read books, and get together while their dogs play in the park. (And that’s only naming a few of our clubs.)
  • Credit Monitoring: If you want someone else to monitor your credit report and restore your identity if it is ever stolen (hopefully, it won’t!), it can be done, at a group rate.
  • Fool’s Gold:  Fools are given a quarterly budget of gold (translates to real dollars) to gift to their coworkers as they see fit.  Fools then redeem their gold for prizes and experiences.
  • Free Access to all TMF subscription services: How much are you shelling out for our subscriptions currently?
  • Game Room: We’ve got pool, foos, ping-pong, pop-n-shot, Playstation, Atari, Ms. Pacman and satellite TV. We play at all hours.
  • Monthly All-Fool Activities: Each month we have some kind of exciting adventure. It could be camping, going to a hockey game, going to an amusement park, skiing, attending the theater, or celebrating April Fool’s Day.
  • Pizza, Cake, and the Occasional Belgian Waffle: On the first Friday each month we enjoy big gooey cakes to spotlight everyone with a birthday. And on the last Friday of every month, we gather for pizza on the Fool.  Ask for your favorite toppings. There are also other occasional Food days, like Chili Day, Smoothie Day, or Hot Breakfast Day.
  • Subsidized Transit: You can choose between a metro subsidy (metro is just across the street!) or subsidized parking (ends up being free for you) right below our magnificent offices.
  • Vet Insurance: Because sometimes the most important person in your life isn’t a person you can get a 5% discount off normal rates.

52 Responses to “Foolish Benefits”

  1. I see that you have a few editor positions open. Is it possible to have these be primarily offsite? I live in Ohio and freelance and would love to work with your company.

    • Thanks Jessica! Our positions are all on site, here in our Alexandria VA (or London) offices. If you’d prefer to contribute to the Fool offsite, you might want to check out our blog network

  2. Just finished submitting my application for the Marketing Designer position. I definitely enjoyed the humor in the application form. I’d like to send a shout out to all the robots, morlocks, cyborgs, (and most importantly) replicants out there.

  3. Wow, pretty extensive list. I think it is the little details that really set you apart and show how much thought you’ve put into this and you employee’s well being:

    Maternity/Paternity: Plus $200 of take-out meals at the Fool’s expense.

  4. Always admired how the Fool does business. Moved to Alexandria four months ago and look forward to applying to the Marketing Coordinator. Fingers crossed!

  5. is the Motley Fool open to hire international students?

    • Hey Carlos, thanks for your inquiry. In our Alexandria, VA headquarters, all employees must have eligibility to work in the US. For our UK and other positions, requirements are generally posted within the particular job listing.

  6. I have been supremely amused and hello beyond impressed in my travels on your website so far, and all that you offer to potential employees! It’s a match made in fool heaven for me so far for a plethora(my favorite word) of reasons, and we’ll see if I’m a fit for any role yalls’ yuuns’ yuuts you guys got goin’ there. I’m excited to check this out, and here’s hopin’ you’ll like sumpin’ you see…Have a foolicious day!

  7. I see that the customer service positions are no longer available, will this position be available again in the near future? I have years of customer service experience. Also do you have a tv/film department? I have a indie background aswell as some mainstream experience in that.

    • We have filled the customer service positions, but keep an eye out for positions like this with us in the future. We do have a tv/film department, but we don’t have any openings there at this time.

  8. I fear that I have been a victim of the “Black Hole”… I see that the Financial Editor/Analyst positions are still open (via the Jobs RSS feed) – is there another mode which I could use to speak with someone at the Fool directly?

  9. Mr. Burbage, earlier in May I sent to your attention copies of two nutrition booklets I’ve authored. This was in response to the article, “How to have a healthier office” where Motely Fool was featured. Congrats on your bootcamps, onsite and open gym, and weekly fitness classes. If I didn’t already run a thriving business, I’d want to come work with you! :) Wanted to follow up but can’t locate a phone number. Can you please get in touch or point me in the right direction to connect with you (in addition to here, of course)? Thanks so much.

  10. You guys rock! Do you have any intern positions available working for the financial analysts? Joe Magyer in particular, I think he’s especially brilliant.

  11. Hi Motley fools lol,

    I just appiled for the desktop administrator position in Alexandria, VA. Hopefully everything works out, i look forward to working with you guys and gals.

    Alright well back to the foolery lol

  12. Any available positions for technical writers/communicators?

  13. The benefits for this company are absolutely phenomenal. On top of the humor that comes along with the job ad, Im already excited to be considered for the “Executive Assistant” position that I just applied for. More businesses should incorporate this type of energy and the turn over rate in offices all over the US would decrease dramatically. I look forward to a favorable response in regards to the position.

  14. Wow….sounds like an incredible place to work. I saw your opening for an event coordinator and I am extremely interested in the position. I applied online and would love the chance of speaking with you further. This company seems like the perfect match for my personality and skills.

  15. Hello! I’m a software engineer of 11 years who choose to stay at home with her children for what has now been quite a while. I recently passed the Series 7 and 66 so I could go to work for a well-known full-service brokerage firm, but soon found that a sales job was not for me.
    I have a dream to help real people grow their finances through apps and mobile computing. Is there a place for me at TMF?
    Many thanks–

  16. Hello! I’m a software engineer of 11 years who choose to stay at home with her children for what has now been quite a while. I recently passed the Series 7 and 66 so I could go to work for a well-known full-service brokerage firm, but soon found that a sales job was not for me.
    I have a dream to help millions of people grow their finances through apps and mobile computing. Is there a place for me at TMF?
    Many thanks–

    • Connie, maybe you should… umm… Apply? Or if you think posting a plea on a comments section is adequate, perhaps you’re not cut for to work at TMF

  17. i really wanted to have a home gym since it is more convenient. *

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    http://www.prettygoddess.com

  18. Just sent in my info for the Events Coordinator position! So excited about the possible opportunity to thrive in this awesome company culture! Feel free to contact me ;) I have five adventurous years of experience in both the nonprofit and private sector as an event/program coordinator, marketing assistant and manager.

    Thanks!

    Maggie

  19. I love the products and services Montley Fool provides for investors of “any kind”. I am interested in what positions Montley Fool will have available in the near future for an individual with a degree in Finance and a sales background. Thanks in advance for your time.

    Cheers,

    Vasili Nikolaev

  20. I notice you publish many excellent articles from Demand Media Studios. Do you ever directly hire freelance writers who happen to write for DMS?

  21. Working at Motley Fool would be a dream environment. I’m looking for a place that values a work/life balance and truly appreciates the diversity of it’s employees. I’m an Accounting Supervisor with 15 years of experience so if you ever need an extra hand at keeping track of the books, I’m your girl!! Just reading the information on your website makes me happy!

  22. Hey There-

    I just finished applying for the Office Dynamo position. If by chance, someone else is so lucky to get that gig, I would so love to have the opportunity to drop in your office to get a physical glimpse of your world! I’m looking forward to your invite and hope to hear from you soon. Smile.

    • Hey omgggg I was just on this website reading because a friend of mine told me to go on here… and scrolled down and saw your name…this is crazy…anyway would love to talk to you …..get back to me on here…I don’t want to leave my info until you get in touch… and like you are the only person in the world with this name.

  23. Good Evening fellow wanna be Fools!!

    I have to say, I am utterly thrilled about the potential to be a Fool. I must say I’ve just submitted my application for the Human Resource position with Motley Fool and I actually have butterflies about getting a call back. I am a recent international H.R. grad and can’t believe that a position has come available at the Fool that I am 100% qualified for and more. I have roots with this site from my years of Undergrad and have always remembered the Fool fondly. Well, I look forward to my phone call back and really can’t wait to potentially become a Fool!!!

  24. Since you’re not very proud of your address, pls tell me where the King Street Metro station is located so I can find you.

  25. Hi my name is Greg Brenner. I am currently pursuing a MS in Mining Engineering with emphasis on Public Health and Safety. It sounds like an odd background, I know but my true passion has been in financials. I have been trading stocks for almost 7 years now and have been an active fool for at least half of those years. I am looking at the jobs listed above and not sure quite which one would fit my resume. I am proficient sorting any sort of data and possess good people skills. However, my best skills are not wearing white shoes before Memorial Day!

  26. Does the Fool have any sort of summer internship for college undergrads that love finance and really want to learn more about investing?

  27. Hi,
    I am Software QA analyst for more than 7 years. Currently i live in Alexandria, VA. Recently i heard this company name from one of my collique and I want to work for this company.

    Thanks!!

  28. I just applied for the Lead Video Strategist position. I’d love to work for such a foolish company like this one. To prove I am not a robot, morlock, cyborg, or replicant, I would encourage you to check out my linkedin page… http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steven-dixon/29/901/190/.

  29. Just applied for the position of Executive Assistant Fool! I’ve got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed :P

  30. I just applied for the position of Executive Assistant. To those who applied before and after me…better luck next time foolish fools. This one is all mine. I am going to love working for the Fools so they better hurry and call me before someone else does.

  31. Sorry Janet. Unless you’ve been hired, that job has been removed from the list and has probably been filled. :(

    • Often times we remove a job because we have a large number of applicants. It does not always mean it has been filled. We try very hard to get back to all applicants. Closing jobs after we reach a critical mass of applications allows us to better respond to anyone who applied.

      Lee Burbage | People & Culture | The Motley Fool!

  32. What A Place To Work!
    Wish I was more into those fields, however I do subscribe to your services and I love how you guys explain to the world how to invest!!
    Thank You!!

  33. What a amazing company !!! I’m a Mechanic and overseas contractor. Wish I had the skills to apply with your company !!

  34. i apllied for the web developer position. hope i get at least an interview.

  35. I applied for the Video Editor position. This company is just the company i have been looking to join for the longest time. hope i get the great opportunity to interview so i can then become a FOOL

  36. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or
    guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based on the same subjects you discuss and would
    really like to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my visitors would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot
    me an email.

  37. Any chance it’s a pet-friendly environment? I noticed the Vet Insurance which is fantastic, but putting in some long hours while leaving a 4 legged friend at home for long periods can be rough (no pun intended).

  38. Great company, great place to work!

  39. Hi I just applied to be a finance fool, I hope I get the opportunity! Looks like a great opportunity.Hop I become a fool. Melaney

  40. Reading about the company culture and benefits made me so excited, I applied to be an analyst fool! Here’s hoping I get a call for an interview and can impress with my awesomeness!

  41. I just submitted my application for the data analyst position at Alexandria office. I’m eager to work there after learned about this company. I literally can take a job scrubbing the floor there.

  42. I submitted an application for the Controller position! After reading more about The Fool and learning of the culture, this place IS the best place to work!!! I love the vibe and positive employer/employee relationship! Hope I get an opportunity to interview. Thanks!

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