COLLABORATIVE - Do great things together.

Fools are better investors, because we listen to and learn from our members. Similarly, employees are happier and more productive when they work together, so we take Collaboration to heart. We even have a full-time Chief Collaboration Officer who encourages teamwork and community throughout our workplace.

INNOVATIVE - Search for a better solution. Then top it.

Innovation means improving and embracing change. Fools search for better solutions and try new things, but it can be easy to lose sight of the problem you are trying to solve. In an instant, any Fool can re-frame a conversation with two words – “TOP IT” – to get back on track.

FUN - Revel in your work.

Sometimes, your work and personal lives overlap, so why not have some fun? Having fun doesn’t just mean playing, exercising, creating, or relaxing – it also has a very direct business purpose. Instilling fun in the workplace decreases burnout, increases collaboration, and improves employee retention!

HONEST - Make us proud.

We chose our words carefully: Make. Us. Proud. Not “Don’t break the law.” Nor “Tell the truth.” Honesty goes beyond what is legally defensible and emphasizes the difference between core values and a code of ethics. Our core values are fundamental beliefs we turn to when making decisions. A code of ethics is generally a more formalized list of do’s and don’ts. It’s almost a *gulp* “policy.”

COMPETITIVE – Play hard, play fair, play to win.

We’re a results-driven company, and without our competitive edge, The Motley Fool wouldn’t stand so far apart from Wall Street. We’re constantly striving to be better than the best. No matter if Fools are innovating a new online service for our members or challenging each other at a game of chess, we play hard, play fair, and play to win in everything we do.

MOTLEY - Make Foolishness your own.

Every Fool chooses an original “Motley” value that becomes incorporated into their work ethic. It can be one word or a long phrase. Whatever the case, each unique Motley is a thread in the tapestry that is The Motley Fool. On your first day, you decide on your Motley and share it with the company, because your Motley highlights what is important to you, making it important to our company.


The Fool Rules serves as our virtual employee handbook, highlighting company policies – and the back stories that explain their existence – with video interviews, illustrations, and interactive content. We give you the scoop on everything from annual retreats to internal communication, mentoring, feedback, and why every April Fool’s Day is so important. Click here to start learning more about us now!


Do you want to find out what it’s actually like to work here? Eager to walk a mile (or a few floors) in a Fool’s shoes? If so, join us every first Friday of each 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. And if you’re looking for new ideas to your own workplace, this tour is for you! Plus all the fun happens in under two hours. Sign up here!