ANGELA M., Herb’n Alumnus, Class of 2012
Back when I was a community college student, I also worked as a retail assistant manager, enduring high stress, long hours, and an unrewarding lifestyle. While searching for more rewarding options, I discovered a position at Herb’n Maid, where I could promote sustainable living without working those stressful, long hours.
The position turned out to be a perfect fit for me. When I decided to transfer to an out-of-state university, the generous pay rate allowed me to save for tuition and moving expenses. When I got to the university, my heavy course load prevented me from maintaining a part-time job. Fortunately, my bosses at Herb’n Maid allowed me to work during my visits home to St. Louis on summer and winter breaks. That extra income enabled me to visit friends and family without worrying about dipping into the next month’s food allowance and also paid for school supplies for the following semester.
After graduation, I moved back to St. Louis, but I knew it was going to be a challenge to find work during a recession. Thankfully, Herb’n Maid pulled through for me yet again! I was able to return to my part-time position there while searching for work in my field. I soon landed an unpaid internship, and Herb’n Maid allowed me to flex my work schedule around my new internship duties.
Finally, nine months after graduation, I was offered an exciting, full-time position in my chosen career path. Without the help of Herb’n Maid, I would not have been able to achieve my dreams. I am grateful for my experience with Herb’n Maid and couldn’t be happier to be where I am in life.
ERICA M., Herb’n Alumnus, Class of 2012
Working with Herb’n Maid has been a very special experience in my life. The job I had before joining Herb’n Maid left me returning home feeling a sort of emptiness inside. I wasn’t happy with what I was doing. My sister was working at Herb’n Maid and loved it, so she suggested I make a change and join the team, too.
What an incredible feeling! I loved working for a company where I could make a difference. When I walked out of a home each day, I felt I had touched the lives of others… just by helping them with tasks they don’t have time to do themselves. Long-time clients even told me they felt like I could read their minds. It may have seemed that way, but I just knew a little bit about them and looked for special little things I could do to make them appreciate their choice in having our company into their home to clean. Putting that extra effort into my work felt good at the end of my day. And to make another person’s day is priceless.
A year and a half after I joined Herb’n Maid, I began going to cosmetology school. Because of the company’s flex scheduling option, I was able to complete 14 months of school, attending classes five days each week with a part-time work schedule at Herb’n Maid. I am very grateful to have had a job that was so flexible with my school schedule. It really made a difference and allowed me to focus on school and achieve my desired new career choice.
I graduated from cosmetology school with honors and awards for good attendance and testing scores. And now I’m working in hair design. I couldn’t thank my Herb’n Maid bosses enough for such an easy ride through school and for supporting my pursuit of my dream.
EMILY F., Herb’n Alumnus, Class of 2014
Back in high school, cleaning my living space was a way to relieve my stress and escape from my teenage angst. Somehow, if my drawers were organized, my sheets were pulled tight and my bathroom mirror was sparkling, life seemed calmer and I could focus on more important matters.
Coming out of graduate school, I found myself without a full-time job. I had been offered a position to teach as a part-time professor and was working at an art gallery on the weekends, but I knew that wasn’t going to make ends meet.
When I began looking for a third part-time job, I discovered Herb’n Maid. The company’s philosophy meshed well with my own, and I appreciated working in an environment where my opinion was valued and respected. Their flexibility made it easy to work around my teaching schedule.
Herb’n Maid allowed me to keep my foot in the door in my career field, and ultimately I landed the full-time job I had been working toward.
After college graduation, I had a hard time finding a job in my field. I figured I would look for part-time work in the meantime, and that’s when I found Herb’n Maid.
I wasn’t necessarily looking for a cleaning job, but Herb’n Maid’s philosophy caught my eye. Being environmentally conscious is important to me, and I love having a job that allows me to be green at work, as well. I also think it’s important to support local businesses and to keep the money and the mindset local. Herb’n Maid complements my preferred lifestyle in many ways!
I love that I can go to work every day and feel good about what I do. This job also puts me on the right path to my future. From my experience, I find that it’s a great part-time job for students, people who are in between school and career, freelancers, or for people who simply seek a part-time job that leaves a small footprint on this planet, but leaves a big impact on the community.
As one of the original team members back in Herb’n Maid’s infancy, it has been wonderful be part of a growing, small business.
Not only as working for the company been a way to provide for my family, it has also become my new way of existing in the world. Richelle and Larbi – the company’s owners – have taught me so many things about how to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. These are lessons I now try to instill in my three children.
I came to Herb’n Maid when I was working toward my degree in Social Work and appreciated the company’s willingness to flex my work schedule around my classes. Today, that same flexibility enables me to see my kids off to school each morning and be there to meet the school bus at the end of the day.
After my college graduation, my family and I moved out of state, and I left the Herb’n Maid nest. But I kept in touch with Richelle and Larbi, whom I will forever consider dear friends. And when my family decided to return to St. Louis three years later, I was welcomed home to Herb’n Maid with open arms while I continued to search for a full-time job in my field.
Maybe it’s the social worker in me, but even if I never cross paths with a certain client, I still feel a connection through pictures on her walls, the way her home is thoughtfully arranged, and the sweet little notes she sometimes leaves to show her appreciation.
Yes, cleaning is hard work. But to me, the job is much more than that. The work I do provides a smile and sense of peace to each and every client.
My previous job was with a large corporation, and I was extremely unsatisfied with it. I wanted to work with a small, local company that had a “green” emphasis, and naturally Herb’n Maid precisely fit that description.
As a Certified Aromatherapist, I love the fact that Herb’n Maid’s handcrafted cleaning products are made with pure essential oils – so much nicer than commercial products!
I was very pleased with the flexibility of hours, which enabled me to volunteer with a local organization one day a week and to have another part-time job on the weekends. I also felt like I was making a difference in people’s lives… leaving their home cleaner and greener than when I arrived. It feels good!
In the summer of 2007, my partner Larbi Belkouch and I sat down at the dinner table to map out our vision for the company we were launching together. We’d made lists of our individual priorities for the company so that we could create jobs for ourselves that we could feel good about at the end of the day.
Having most recently come from a corporate environment, I topped my list with a requirement I’d longed to hear during my career: “Hard work and loyalty must be rewarded.” And at the top of Larbi’s list? “I’d rather make a dime than a dollar if I can know that no one suffered for my dime.”
Seven years later, every time our team is assembled together, my thoughts drift back to that dinnertime conversation and to those requirements that Larbi and I established for ourselves that day. We’ve made good on our promise to ourselves and to our staff. And we were right. It does feel good!
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