Three years ago, Dasha Johnson was sitting in her car outside a Crystal City, VA hotel. She was on her lunch break, and she was in tears.
She was in the middle of getting through the nearly 20 rooms she was assigned to clean that day, and she felt overwhelmed.
In her car, she scrolled through job listings on her phone and found one for a cleaner at Well-Paid Maids. She applied, not thinking much of it until she began researching the company later that evening.
It had a lot to offer: a much higher wage than she was earning; health, vision and dental insurance; 24 paid days off per year; and 100% employer-paid commuting costs. Fortunately, she received a call from the company the following day.
Dasha has now been at Well-Paid Maids for more than five years, and she was promoted from cleaner to operations manager in 2021. The company is committed to promoting from within, and Dasha is one of three cleaners who have been promoted to a management role.
“Oh Em Gee. I cried. I literally cried,” Dasha says, recounting the call she got from management about her promotion. “I had to cover my mouth because I didn’t want to scream in their ears. I felt like the hard work and dedication had paid off.”
In her time at Well-Paid Maids, Dasha has felt nothing but support both professionally and personally. For instance, when her ceiling collapsed at home and her landlord was nowhere to be found, management encouraged her to focus on her family and take the time off she needed - something she never heard from her previous employer during a family crisis.
Plus, the job perks have been great. The vision insurance helps her save money on contact lenses, and the health insurance was crucial when her daughter broke her arm. Last year, she took a week off of work for a vacation in Las Vegas.
As one of Well-Paid Maids' most senior employees, Dasha has loved watching the company grow, raise wages, and add benefits. She's one of the company's biggest boosters, which is why she's thrilled that onboarding new employees is now part of her job. "I'm excited to bring new people into a company that's been so great for me."