There’s no universal recipe for success. Every business requires different ingredients; a plan that’s appetizing to one culture can fall flat somewhere else. Incorporating responsibility and self-awareness into our culture has created winning results, and despite what the game room might lead you to believe, Fools actually work really hard.
Trust is key in sustaining the healthy workplace we’ve shaped since 1993. Decisions tied to happiness are left to the individual Fool, which builds a mutually beneficial relationship between employees and our business. When Fools are content, they’re likely to be more excited about their job. Take care of your employees and they will take care of your customers, who in turn take care of shareholders. Here at the Fool, you can start the day later or rise with the birds. You’ve got it, Fool – and we trust you!
Fool HQ is located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, right across from the King Street Metro station. We subsidize a portion of public transportation and parking costs, plus we have discounted rates on Zipcars. Should you decide to bike from your home, we have a spot on our bike rack waiting! The Fool wants to make commuting something you can look forward to every day.
A Fool’s work is never done, but that doesn’t mean we work all the time. Most of our employees start their day between 8-10 a.m., and many Fools have a standard 40-hour workweek. We recognize that everyone is different, so staying flexible is important. By collaborating with your team, you can tailor your schedule to meet specific demands.
The Fool offers comprehensive health, vision, prescription, and dental coverage through a PPO plan. If you elect coverage for yourself, it’s only $4 per paycheck ($1.90 for health/prescription, $0.10 for vision, and $2 for dental)! Benefits are even effective on your date of hire.
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.
Parental Leave Policy
We love to see mini-Fools brought into the world! New moms and dads need time to take care of their little bundles of joy, so we offer 16 weeks paid leave for Foolish moms and dads. We offer discounts at local daycares, plus parents receive $200 to use toward their new family member (or themselves — we won’t judge). We’ve also partnered with a local daycare Bright Horizons for a Foolish discounted rate. The Fool also offers flex spending for dependent-care expenses.
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.
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.
*Paychecks: Fools are paid semi-monthly.
*401K Plan: Currently, we have 21 different funds to choose from as well as the option to participate in a self-directed brokerage account. The Motley Fool matches employee contributions at the rate of 2% up to the first 1%, up to 9% of contributions. This match vests over 4 years (25/25/25/25).
*Disability Insurance: The Fool provides coverage for both short-term and long-term disability.
*Life Insurance: You’re given up to $100,000 for both life and accidental death and dismemberment.
*Subsidies: We partner with local businesses to offset lifestyle costs.
*Flexible Spending: The Fool offers medical flex spending.
*Fool Dollars: We give you $100/month to purchase the benefits you like. We can’t do benefits for everything, so you choose!
*Mobile Phone Coverage: We give you $80/month to cover your cell phone bill.
*Financial Planning: We have our own in-house financial planners, willing to meet with you personally — for free!
*Foolish Services and Products: You’ll have access to all Foolish services and products.
*Fool in Need: If you’ve found yourself in a financially stressful situation, the Fool will help. All requests are kept confidential, and we see this as a gift, not a loan.
It’s a fact: Healthy employees are happy and more productive. The Fool is really into wellness — so much so that we staff a full-time certified personal trainer to lead our Foolish Fitness program. Though free classes like boot camps and yoga are offered downstairs, our wellness goals are about more than just sweating. A few of our unique health benefits include:
*Subsidized Massages: A licensed massage therapist provides services in our office twice a week. It’s only $8 for 20 minutes and $15 for 40 minutes. Also, we have two amazing massage chairs that don’t need to be reserved.
*Open Gym at OneLife Fitness: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we rent out an open court across the street from FoolHQ and play basketball, soccer, and floor hockey on a rotational basis. We also offer discounted gym memberships there!
*Free In-House Health Classes: Thanks to our Head Wellness Fool, spin classes and kettlebell workouts are available without any expensive gym fees. FoolHQ is equipped with stationary bikes (and speakers to blast the best playlists!), free weights, foam rollers, yoga mats, and more to ensure that wellness can be personalized to any level.
*Health Fair: We host an annual health fair with flu shots, screenings, assessments, and free swag!
*Clubs: Fools run an array of active clubs that range from knitting to hiking to kickball.
Healthy Snacks: Our café is stocked with free snacks including fresh vegetables, fruit, yogurts, and hummus spreads throughout the week. We also have vending machines with healthy options at low prices.
We believe that expanding employee knowledge is essential to driving creativity, problem solving, and overall job satisfaction. Since launching our dynamic Speaker Series program in 2008, we’ve hosted a roster of amazing guests including:
*Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard
*Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX
*Billy Blanks, Founder of Tae Bo
*Adam Braun, CEO of Pencils of Promise
*Kate White, Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine
*Alexis Ohanian, Founder of Reddit
*Kip Tindell, Co-Founder and CEO of The Container Store
*Amy Simmons, Founder of Amy’s Ice Cream
In exchange for hard work, we take really good care of our employees. Some special benefits we offer:
*Every Fool an Investor: Every Fool is given $1,000 to buy shares of a public company. Not loaned — given. The purpose of this $1,000 is to help Fools become better investors and smarter businesspeople.
*Bookie Monster: As part of the Foolish learning journey, we’re willing to buy employees’ books. This includes any book – seriously! Wuthering Heights? Frankenstein? The Essential Drucker? Check, check, check!
*FoolU: Our internal university plays a role in onboarding, allowing tenured employees to explain the Fool’s business model, subscription services, and company history to new hires. Other events are also organized during the year, like analyst-led investing classes, cooking demos, and Financial Health Day.
*Project-Based Performance: Here at the Fool, your career can be what you make it. The Fool moves to the rhythm of our business, and internal roles can be created to fill voids. Though individual job responsibilities sometimes shift, being assigned to meaningful projects is a good thing. We believe that hard work should be rewarded, and Fools that consistently produce results stand out. A hand in something that affects the business could lead to career advancements, and maybe even the job of your dreams!
*Tuition Reimbursement: We reimburse tuition costs up to $5,250 per calendar year.
*Conference Subsidies: We want you to network and learn, so we’ll cover all costs for relevant conferences and workshops. (SXSW and PyCon are some of our employee favorites!)
Library: Feel free to borrow any book you would like from the library. As long as you take a book and return it to the appropriate section/category, we’ll have happy librarians.
The Motley Fool operates as a community where employees are coworkers and friends. Events like Thirsty Thursday happy hours, National Mall Segway tours, and summer kayak outings allow Fools to bond and enjoy a good time together. Other benefits we like to show off:
*Peternity: We know it takes time to get into a routine with your new pet. It also takes time for your pet to adjust to living with you. Work with your team and feel free to take up to a week off to spend that first week at home with your pet.
*Sabbatical: You’ll be granted a paid sabbatical for up to eight weeks after you’ve completed ten years of service.
* Birthdays: We also want you to celebrate one other special occasion. The day that changed your parents’ life forever … your birthday! So enjoy the day celebrating yourself.
But there’s more!
*Monthly all-Fool activities (camping, theatre, skiing, etc.)
*Birthday Celebration Day (first Friday of every month)
*Pizza Day (last Friday of every month)
*Mani-Pedi Day (once-a-month)
*Fooliversaries – a celebration of your anniversary with the Fool
No matter where you are in your career path, The Motley Fool offers ample opportunities for personal and professional development. We provide a foundation for continuous education in a culture of respect, transparency, competition, and fun.