Media companies don’t usually top the lists of great places to work right now. At best, your perks are cut; at worst, you’re fearing for your job as you watch your colleagues get escorted out of the building.
But in D.C., there’s one company bucking that trend.
The Motley Fool, a financial advice company that runs fool.com, is the only media company’s logo appearing on the November issue of Washingtonian. It’s been on the mag’s Great Places To Work list for years.
Motley Fool is known for having no set number of vacation days for employees—as long as you get your work done, take as long as you want. There’s a game room, free on-site yoga classes, 15 weeks maternity leave (and $400 worth of take-out meals for new parents). The Washingtonian’s 2007 Great Places To Work issue (the 2009 writeup isn’t yet online) quoted senior vice president of human resources Lee Burbage on the dress code: “We have only three types of unacceptable dress at the Fool. Viking helmets with strapless evening gowns, plaid with polka dots, and more than three colors not found in nature.”
The company employs about 180, with a third each in tech, marketing, and writing/editing/analysis.