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Carol Groom

Office & Human Resources Manager

Q: What is your official job title with RAWSO, and what are the core responsibilities of your position?
A: I actually have two job titles. I’m the office manager and the HR manager. I oversee the day-to-day activities around the office such as ordering office supplies and other needed items, help the project managers with their monthly billings, make sure the subcontractors get paid, and review quantities with our PMs.

Q: What were you up to in your career before joining RAWSO?
A: I started here in May 2017, but I’ve been in the industry since 1997. I’m one of the more seasoned people in the office. Before I came to RAWSO, I worked for a large excavation company from 1997 until December 2015. My role there was somewhat similar to my position with RAWSO — I was a project administrator. I didn’t do much on the HR side, but I had plenty of responsibilities on the project side.

Q: What do you enjoy about your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?
A: First of all, I enjoy interacting with all the great people that work here. I also like the flexibility — I never feel like I’m being micromanaged. I’m given the opportunity to do things that I think are the best for the company.

Q: Is that flexibility part of what sets RAWSO apart from its competitors?
A: Yes, not having somebody breathing down your neck all the time is a big advantage. I also like the way RAWSO respects your values. They appreciate everyone’s opinions and input, and listen to everyone’s ideas. We talk a lot about all the things we can do better, and the things that aren’t working as well as they could be.

Everyone here is on an equal playing field. Even though we all have different responsibilities, everyone’s considered an equal part of the company. Nobody’s better than anyone else.

Q: Is there anyone in your life that you look up to, or that you consider a mentor?
A: The first person that comes to mind is probably my little brother. He wasn’t a very good student in high school, but he really tried and studied hard. He majored in marketing in college, and out of the four children in my family, he’s the most successful. He’s the vice president of Welch’s Foods, the juice company.

He really worked for it. His worth ethic is incredible. I’ve always looked up to him even though he’s my little brother. He just has a really level head.

Q: What do you do in your free time when you’re not at work?
A: My husband and I have two little granddaughters. They pretty much occupy our free time on the weekends. They’re still toddlers, so we enjoy taking them to the playground.

Aside from our grandkids, we like to go out for coffee, go to the mall, walk around our neighborhood a lot — things like that. We live in a small town called Alexandria, and it’s a lot like Mayberry. Everybody’s really friendly. When the weather’s good, we’ll take the girls on stroller rides and just talk to our neighbors that are out and about.

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