Posted By JOHN C on 16 Jan 2012 03:10 PM
What is so great about Crawford, I have never worked for them but I am just curious. I have had good luck with PILOT so far.
Thanks, John C.
Hi John, PILOT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not really, as a matter of fact, I am quite fond of Pilot Catastrophe. They are one of the Big 4 for a reason and as such will be a beacon of stability for all adjusters experienced or not. One thing that stands out for both Pilot and Crawford is that they are equal opportunity in as much as they hire those with experience and those with NO experience. I personally will be forever grateful to both Pilot and Crawford for taking good care of so many of my members.
Now, as it relates to Crawford, Crawford hosts MULTIPLE conferences each and every year. At said conferences, they offer a multitude of HIGHLY profitable(extremely costly to ALL claims professionals) certifications to experienced adjusters as well as those newly licensed claims professionals. Almost all of the certifications are offered by other vendors and they are NOT cheap. As a matter of fact, most are extremely expensive just for the certs themselves . Now add in the cost of lodging and travel costs and you have prohibitively expensive but MANDATED certifications if adjusters wish to work and feed their families. What really pains me is that those newly licensed claims professionals are the ones with the LEAST amount of disposable income to put forth for said MANDATED certifications.
However, Crawford offers all of those MANDATED certifications.........at NO cost........to ANYONE. In fact, Crawford pays handsomely to those training vendors to teach these certifications to ALL that attend. I personally attended the Dallas conference last year and I came away with my NFIP certification(requires a minimum of 4 years continuous service) however even those with no flood experience are able to attend the NFIP workshop and will receive credit for attending the workshop.(in addition, should NFIP certified claims professionals become overwhelmed with claims, one of the first groups of people to be offered an emergency FCN number AFTER those with expired NFIP credentials will be those who attended an NFIP workshop) I also came away from the Dallas conference with my California Earthquake Authority certification. California has NO reciprocity with ANY other state so in a nutshell, if you want to work claims within the state of California you MUST be licensed with the state themselves. Ca requires a minimum of two years experience to even be eligible to sit for the exam itself. However, being that it's not a matter of if, but when Ca gets hit with another devastating earthquake, Ca is aware they will be overwhelmed and as such will need outside help from adjusters licensed in other states. So, Ca has agreed to allow outside licensed adjusters to work said earthquake claims within Ca's borders PROVIDED said adjusters have the CEA certification.
There were multiple carrier certs available in addition to a carrier from Australia looking for folks to go work "Down Under". I personally know multiple adjusters who have went to work in Australia and England under the Crawford banner.
They offer XM8 courses and XM8 Sketch courses to ALL who attend and again at NO cost. That in and of itself would cost any adjuster over a grand just from those two courses alone and at least another grand when you add in the travel and associated lodging costs. Crawford also aggressively recruits newly licensed claims professionals at these conferences who show a superior intellect, superior learning capabilities, superior work product.
Now in addition to offering these certs at these multiple conferences, Crawford treats it's staff and independents (adjusters) very well. Working with Crawford whilst on a storm or event, all field staff have unrestricted access to claims managers, team leads, examiners who are all there to help...YOU create and submit and get paid very well for a quality work product. It gets even better, for it's top performers, prostitutes (male and female) are provided that get sent right to the adjuster's room***
Having someone to go to when you have a question(believe me when I say you will all have questions, experienced or not!!)is priceless. When your files get rejected as revisions are needed is something we all go through, but examiners team leads etc... are right there to assist you. Understand that Crawford isn't providing these people to baby or coddle you, they are providing said support because they CARE about the quality of every estimate that has their name on it!!
***Just in case you actually believed the above ridiculous prostitute statement in bold, it is a joke and is to simply add a touch of levity and NOTHING more.
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