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September 30, 2019

What are perks and other benefits like at Dynamic Catholic?

Pros

Dynamic Catholic was founded 10 years ago by Matthew Kelly after he had spent 15 years of his life on the road speaking at thousands of Catholic parishes and writing several inspiring books. The ministry has a wonderful mission of re-energizing the Catholic Church in America by developing work-class resources for Catholics - a mission more critical than ever given the current state of the Church today. 80 talented people who are a joy to work with every day. You couldn't ask for a better team of co-workers. The work environment is great. Beautiful campus surrounded by a wooded green space, bright open work space, on-site chapel and on-site gym available to employees 24/7, covered parking. Perks are also nice - daily Mass, personal Dream Manager available to every employee, free Catholic resources to help employees evangelize, 100% paid employee healthcare (both dental & medical), generous retirement plan, $1,000 bonus (post tax) awarded to the employee of the month every month, etc. Caring managers and team leaders throughout the organization. Career advancement opportunities. Most employees on staff are not working in the role they were in when they joined the organization. The organization continues to grow and there are ample opportunities to grow and take on additional responsibilities for those interested in making a career at DC. Compensation is very competitive, especially for a non-profit. Excellent performance is recognized, appreciated, and rewarded.

Cons

The organization has been slow at times to create and streamline work processes and evolve the organizational structure as it grows. Would be nice if Matthew were more accessible and visible in the office at times. Organization went through a difficult period earlier in the year when 25 employees were separated due to a restructure. Most were great people and co-workers. The experience was a blow to morale for awhile, especially the first couple of months after. Interesting to read the negative Glassdoor reviews from a handful of those let go or who have left DC since then. Some have made some extreme claims about DC being a total fraud organization or similar personal attacks against Matthew. Can't help but wonder how many of these accusers were just fine working for a "fraud" organization and accepting a paycheck each week. Interesting that it took an involuntary separation to get them to leave. Seems to me that one would leave an organization voluntarily as quickly as possible if he or she truly believed those things.

Advice to Management

Continue recent efforts to improve in communication throughout the organization.

Perks are also nice - daily Mass, personal Dream Manager available to every employee, free Catholic resources to help employees evangelize, 100% paid employee healthcare (both dental & medical), generous retirement plan, $1,000 bonus (post tax) awarded to the employee of the month every month, etc.

September 30, 2019

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May 22, 2019

What is paid time off like at Dynamic Catholic?

Pros

-My personal experience at Dynamic Catholic has been very positive overall. -I love working for a mission I believe in. -Throughout the years my bosses and leaders have invested in me personally and professionally. Leaders here care - not only about your professional well-being but also about how you are doing personally. I lead my own team with this same sense of personal and professional care. -"Mission is King" is consistently modeled throughout the building. The Mission of Dynamic Catholic is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. In my experience if I come to work each day and ask myself 'How can I add the most value to this mission?' or 'How can I make the greatest impact on this Mission today?" great things will happen for me professionally and great things happen for the Mission. The magnitude of the Mission is intense; we are going against the grain and trying to solve a big problem. -We take our values seriously and talk about them frequently (committed, coachable, aware) -I have a great boss and great direct reports. Awesome, hard working, fun people. -I feel that my input is solicited and considered . -I am empowered to make decisions. -Generous benefits package. -Sick time and vacation time are separate. Unlimited sick days, you are trusted to use your sick days and the system is not abused. Leadership wants you to take care of yourself and go to the doctor if you're sick.

Cons

-Flex time/remote work is not very integrated into the culture. -I wish I had more vacation time as a long tenured employee. -As a young organization there are normal growing pains that any healthy organization can expect. We are still young (est. 2009).

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work; a lot is at stake.

-Sick time and vacation time are separate.

May 22, 2019

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July 4, 2019

Does Dynamic Catholic offer relocation assistance?

Pros

They pay all insurance premiums. Communion service/mass offered every day. Everyone is so nice to work with. Depending on your job here, you are able to work remotely if you need to be at home for a maintenance guy to come or something similar to that. They offer unlimited sick days. They want you to take care of yourself and not worry about missing work. They help with relocation expenses. It feels good coming to work knowing that you are making a difference in something that means so much.

Cons

You have to be in the Greater Cincinnati area to work here. I can't think of any other cons about working here. It is truly a great place to work for.

They help with relocation expenses.

July 4, 2019

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June 10, 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Dynamic Catholic?

Pros

Dynamic Catholic pays competitively and offers a strong benefit package.

Cons

It’s uncomfortable to write this review. If you are reading it, please know that this I am not writing this as some sort of revenge on Dynamic Catholic, an organization that is filled with many great people and was the source of my happy employment for many years. In fact, it’s my greatest hope to see the true mission of Dynamic Catholic succeed; to see the Church be re-energized. However, after much investigation and several years with the company, it is my conclusion that Dynamic Catholic is not truly ordered towards that mission. Therefore, I am writing this review to warn you that if you are passionate about revitalizing the Catholic Church in America, you ought to be looking elsewhere. This is why I resigned from my role. While Dynamic Catholic may appear to be singularly committed to building the Church, it is my conclusion that it is in fact ordered towards promoting CEO Matthew Kelly’s work, resulting in millions of dollars of revenue for Mr. Kelly and the for-profit entities that he owns. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. For years, I served at Dynamic Catholic doing what I considered to be my dream job. Unfortunately, it became apparent that not all was as it seemed. In fact, it became obvious that there is a systemic and intentional practice of lying and dishonesty that has become deeply ingrained at the highest levels of Dynamic Catholic. Serious questions about multi-million dollar conflicts of interest listed in the company’s public tax documents (form 990) were met with dismissals and lies from Dynamic Catholic leadership including members of the senoir leadership team. What’s more, on several occassions I was instructed to mislead my colleagues, offering them watered-down, spun versions of company news so that they wouldn’t become restless. Further, there is a general laxity with data that exists at Dynamic Catholic. While ostensibly the most data-driven of Catholic apostolates, Dynamic Catholic in fact notoriously fudges the numbers. Much of the organization’s foundational data — especially surrounding the impact and reach of the organization, but also the so-called “Four Signs” research that makes the case for why Dynamic Catholic exists — is either inflated or imagined. In sum, this is not about restoring the Church. It’s about money. Dynamic Catholic will abuse you for your ideals. They will sell you on dreams of helping the Church become the best-version-of-itself. They will dazzle you with numbers. They will lie to you to keep you happy. And then, in the end, after they have gained all that they can from you, they will discard you. You are worth more than that, and your fervor for the Church should not be wasted here. Please consider working elsewhere.

Advice to Management

Dynamic Catholic is a scandal to the Church. Please, stop now before you do more damage. This isn’t about selling more books than your ‘competitors’ — there are souls on the line. I am praying that you will have the strength to do what is right and just.

Serious questions about multi-million dollar conflicts of interest listed in the company’s public tax documents (form 990) were met with dismissals and lies from Dynamic Catholic leadership including members of the senoir leadership team.

June 10, 2019

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April 1, 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Dynamic Catholic?

Pros

You’re able to produce good work and good products for Catholics around the world — in spite of the culture in which you’re surrounded. I made a lot of good friends there since a bunch of us were transplant, fresh out of college kids so a lot of us were all relatively in the same boat. The phrase “no stronger allies were made than through adversity” is about the most accurate description I could come up with to describe the culture.

Cons

The long and short of this organization is the author and speaker that started this organization is just that: an author and speaker, NOT a business manager. The management that comes from executive “leadership” is actually laughable. Most of the employees that work there and have been hired there over the years are fresh out of college. Which isn’t a bad thing if there’s experienced managers available for coaching them. But there isn’t. Basically a bunch of kids (and I was one of them) are “promoted” to jobs by default rather than by merit or performance so there’s inexperienced “guidance,” and complete lack of actual skills to run teams that compile the organization. More is needed for the success of a nonprofit than just a “heart for the mission.” Actual jobs skills and expertise are needed to keep a business afloat. Also, pardon my lack of a better analogy or phrase, but this is a very “kool-aid” environment. Challenging observations and points of view to the status quo are not welcomed (even though they’re proclaimed as being welcomed). If you so much as suggest a different or better way of doing things, if it doesn’t fit right in with the CEO’s “vision,” (and I put that in quotation marks because it’s hard to have a vision for an organization when you spend next to no time there) your opinion is not just discredited, but you will be labeled with having a bad attitude and “not willing to sacrifice for the mission.” I’m not writing this because I believe every suggestion I ever brought up had to be adhered to and adopted, I’m saying because it’s a daily occurrence. There’s pets and politics and if you’re not in the “inner circle,” you’re out. I also realize there’s generally politics everywhere, but this place is insane. Another side note: if you’re already not convinced to not work there (not just from my review but hopefully others as well) they just gathered a large number of employees in one room and another group in the other and told one group that they’re laid off with no more than 2-4 weeks severance pay. No notice. No explanation other than a “reorganization of the mission.” As I mentioned earlier, many people came from all across the country to relocate their lives and families to be a part of this organization. I’ll give Dynamic Catholic a slight benefit of the doubt, employees do take a risk taking a job at a non-profit; if a big donor stops donating most often you have to cut some jobs. But roughly 30 people? All at once? With no notice and basically nothing to help keep them afloat while they at least look for something else? Complete and utter stupidity. Lack of actual management and strategy on full display here, folks. Long story short: don’t work here. Serve the Church in other ways if you feel called. Donating to or helping out at your local food pantry or visiting the elderly will do a lot better for your faith life than working at this organization.

Advice to Management

Hire new management.

Lack of actual management and strategy on full display here, folks.

April 1, 2019

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