First off, the good...
You can make a six figure salary being an independent appraiser at SCA. There is no boss looking over you all the time.
It is definitely very hard work requiring experience, discipline, endurance, long hours and knowing how not to get yourself into trouble. It is fairly easy to get into trouble even if you try very hard not to. 12+ hour days are the norm.
The typical day of an appraiser is where you get at least 8 claims, are on the road all day long and sometimes up until late at night to get the work done. SCA, like any appraisal company, expects the work to be handed in fast...like the next morning. If its not there then they start getting nervous and then come the phone calls. When the phonecalls do come, they expect you to pick the phone up even if you are on the toilet or in the middle of something. Miss one one phonecall and you are done.
Many people believe the job will be just like the appraisal job at an insurance company. However, the two jobs are very different. You can mess up all day long at the insurance company and not get fired...however if you mess up even once while at SCA then you are done. If the insurance company or their adjusters decides they do not like you then you are done.
SCA is fairly typical of all IA companies out there. All of the various IA companies are very demanding and BRUTAL when problems arise. No excuses are ever tolerated and the work is expected to be turned in fast. There is no way you can sit on work at SCA or any IA for that matter.
SCA, Jon Gironda, Tim Davis and the rest of the crew at SCA are definitely good people. They are people you would probably want to hang out with on your off time and they have a lot of great stories to tell. However, if you work for them then you will be working very hard and their standards are very high.