Pros: benefits, meeting lots of people.
Cons: little help, lots of ambiguity, poor management, high stress.
You are based out of your home and receive orders of companies that have been selected for inspection. The job requires knowledge of the insurance industry which is very extensive. All the regulations, compliance codes, and safety restrictions need to be known. If you miss something in your inspections there could be serious consequences such as monetary losses for the insurance companies or even worse injury or death of people. Management says that they are always available for questions as are other employees, and for the most part this is true. However, many times no one is available to help you and it is up to you to figure it out. This can lead to wasted time to make sure you are following ISO/Verisk rules and the customers rules as well.
A typical day with this job depends on if you are in the field performing inspections or at home writing up reports. The field days are the best by far because you see many things that most people will not get to see and meet lots of people. You learn a lot about different industries and how business flows with these companies. The hardest part of the job is getting appointments for inspections. Management says to get all of your inspections into 1 to 2 days, but this difficult to do as these companies are available at the time you give. When you call most people don't want to talk to you because they think you are selling them insurance.
If you are a strong self starter, are knowledgeable about the insurance industry, and can handle a very fast paced high stress job you would be fine in this position. There is VERY little chance for promotions and moving up. The benefits are very good and you get a nice 401k and stock options.