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Updated Apr 11, 2018

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  1. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Great company to work for.

    Jun 1, 2017 - Field Inspector in Orlando, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great money and a wonderful team to work with. You are never alone everyone is willing to help and guide you.

    Cons

    Away from family but doesn't bother me too much

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great Full-Time Temp Opportunity to Help Following Disasters

    Apr 11, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you are interested in short-term work helping disaster survivors, then this a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Work is short-term and unpredictable. You never know when a disaster will occur and when you'll be called to work. You must be a very quick learner and very computer savy.

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Inspector

    Jan 11, 2018 - Inspector 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It's a great job to help those in disaster situations. The field office is there if you need them but not always convenient to your location. Corporate is a phone call away. Communication is decent via messages in Inspector Depot.

    Cons

    Corporate can be snarky if you call the help line. They don't want to hear about possible fraud. Expenses on last disaster took 8-10 weeks for reimbursement. Accounting wouldn't answer the phone or respond to emails. Poor organization in the field. QC inspectors are on a witch hunt and seem eager to mark you down without discussing the situation. Sometimes can be reversed but that's rare.

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  4. 1.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Inspector

    Oct 31, 2017 - Inspector in Miami, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent pay if you are in your hometown. When You're helping the people that really need it.

    Cons

    Supervisors that see you as a number and not as a human being. They're only concerned about production and not you. Alot of applicants in Florida don't want you on their property and will pull guns on you while posting. A lot of areas in Florida don't want other races there and will run you off the road and call you absurd names. Make sure you're mentally prepared for your supervisor to tell you it's okay to risk your life for a inspection. You max out your CC doing they're job and they still don't reimburse you until they feel like it. Good luck

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  5. 5.0
    Current Contractor, more than 5 years

    Very Pleased

    May 23, 2017 - Inspector 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    PB Disaster Services is now named WSP USA Inspection Services but it is the same company with the same employees etc. I have worked as a contractor for over 5 years with PB/WSP and have 17 years experience as an inspector. I have always found the PB/WSP supervisors and other inspectors to be professional, well trained and qualified. Another reviewer stated as a Con the fact that you are away from your family for extended lengths of time. This is known before you sign on for the job and yes you do work long hours and seven days a week. That is the nature of disaster work. You are working as hard as you can to provide assistance as quickly as possible for the disaster victims. They are in a crisis situation and need immediate help. Fema controls the actual amount of money that each victim receives based upon their guidelines for each individual disaster. The contractor is only the eyes and ears in the field that provides the information concerning the amount of actual damage caused by the declared disaster. Pre-existing damage to the home does not fall under the category of disaster damage unless it was made considerably worse by the disaster. This is assistance - not a complete remodel as private insurance might provide. Inspectors are paid on an hourly basis and can receive bonuses. Most inspectors are self employed or retired people who are able to leave their regular jobs within 24 hours of receiving a deployment call. You are not guaranteed a certain amount of work each year since it depends on how many declared disasters there are.

    Cons

    The Cons are well known before you commit to being an inspector so I don't really see them as Cons. They are simply conditions of the job. Yes you are away from your home base for extended periods of time and work under sometimes rough conditions with people who are in immediate need of help and have often lost most of what they have worked years to get or have lost loved ones. But again this is part of the job. It is not a job for everyone but there are those of us that find satisfaction in helping in these times of high stress. I always go home feeling satisfied with what I have been able to do.

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  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Terrible Contract

    Apr 30, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Helping People in time of need.

    Cons

    Low pay, working in dangerous neighborhoods, (projects,slums and gators and snakes. Away from home, family and friends for months at a time.Bonus money is hard to make. Company can trip up inspectors when they are getting close to making a bonus. This is just a $20.66 hr. job

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Contractor

    Oct 30, 2016 -  in Cypress, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    flexible schedule to work as you wish

    Cons

    away from family long periods of time

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    FEMA Housing Inspector

    Jun 20, 2016 - FEMA Housing Inspector in Winchester, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Provide a lot of training. Good information to help others in need.

    Cons

    None except no work available.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Inspector

    Apr 26, 2015 - Inspector in Arlington, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice people to work with on disasters! Great for retirees! Flexible options. On call. Easy application process. Mic HR department.

    Cons

    Slow to initiate contact. Questionable deployment criteria. Unreliable source of income. Disaster driven and often stressful. Management is politically motivated. No room for growth.

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