Triumvirate Environmental: A Career Conversation with Teddi Ramskogler

What motivated you to join Triumvirate Environmental?
I was motivated to join TEI because of the structure of the entry level position and the extensive training I would receive. Starting in a new field was intimidating, but the amount of training I would receive to excel in this position was reassuring. The environmental specialist position is an advancement program that offers advancement as soon as 6 months, which was extremely important to me so I wouldn’t begin to feel “stuck” in an entry level role.    

How does Triumvirate Environmental convey to employees a sense of belonging?
Triumvirate showcases individual employees through company-wide “Motivation Monday” emails, employee promotion announcements, and employee of the quarter announcements. Employee engagement is something that TEI strives for by having different committees and programs like Growing Roles of Women, The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community, and the College Ambassador program. Triumvirate also hosts different employee engagement opportunities such as photo submission contests, holiday parties, and virtual cooking classes.    

In what ways has Triumvirate Environmental supported your professional development and growth?
From my first day working at TEI, it has been clear to me that the company sees me as an asset and wants to develop and grow my skills. Every month I have a one-on-one meeting with my manager to check in and talk about potential growth within the company. I participated in a First Line Supervisor training to prepare me to lead a team. Our human resources team hosts Career Happenings at Triumvirate (CHAT) meetings when new career opportunities arise. These CHATs encourage internal promotions across different regions of Triumvirate.  

In what ways are you supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance?
Triumvirate offers generous paid time off from the start of your career here, and we get another PTO day each year of employment. My specific office operates on a 4-day work week with a rotating weekend schedule. This allows me a day off during the week to focus on my personal life. My team is adamant about respecting each other's time away from the office to ensure a healthy work-life balance.   

How do you know that you’re making a difference/having an impact with the work that you do?
Triumvirate helps to divert hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste from going to the landfill each year. At my specific client site, we have diverted over 250,000 pounds of plastic and glass from the landfill over the past year. In addition to helping our clients reach zero-landfill initiatives, I know I’m making a difference through training new employees and helping to develop and mentor them into successful members of the Triumvirate team.  

What makes you proud to represent Triumvirate Environmental?
Triumvirate has created a corporate culture that fosters collaborative, meaningful relationships among its employees. The small team that I’m on is made up of some of the smartest and most genuine people I know, which makes coming to work each day fun and exciting. Triumvirate is dedicated to supporting internal growth and internal promoting, which is extremely important to me. I am proud to work for a company that is just as invested in me as I am invested in them.  

  In what ways do you feel like you’ve grown since working for Triumvirate Environmental?
I started at Triumvirate in the entry level position about 18 months ago. Since then, my technical skills have increased immensely, as have my leadership skills and my professional relationship-building skills. I have been given the opportunity to train multiple different new employees and watch them have success. I am also a part of our College Ambassador program, so I travel to different universities around the southeast to help recruit new college graduates into our company.  

  What do you wish you had known about the professional world when you were a student?
There’s no one specific path to success – everyone’s path will be different. It’s easy to compare yourself and where you’re at in your job search to others but know that you don’t need to have your life figured out when you graduate college.  

  In thinking about emerging young professionals, what advice would you share to those seeking their first opportunities?
I would tell young professionals to be open to entry level roles in order to build your skillset. When applying for jobs, think about how your skills would transfer to a role instead of focusing on if you would fit into a specific role.

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