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Best Places to Work in DC: The Motley Fool

Alexandria; 330 employees

The list of benefits at the Motley Fool is long and impressive. At the top? Unlimited vacation. However, what employees, or “Fools,” say they like most is the mission of making people savvier investors, through the websites, books, and other products they produce—and the autonomy they’re given to do their jobs. In addition, there’s an emphasis on wellness of both body (fitness classes, full-time personal trainer) and mind (the firm will pay for any book an employee wants, including fiction). Monthly events such as Take Your Parents to Work Day and Cake Day keep things light, while a program allowing any employee to give “fool’s gold” to another—good for gift cards and other prizes—keeps workers engaged.

Perk: Every new hire is taught how to buy stock and is given $1,000 in a brokerage account.