Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Holly, a Senior Project Coordinator, about her experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  It will be 17 official years in January. I started as a temp in October 2000.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  I had recently moved to NYC and when I started at Maxons and our office was up on the 8th floor of the building we are still in, but with much less people than we have now. While I cannot recall how exactly I felt after being here for a month, I just knew it to be a very busy company, that I was never bored, and something compelled me to keep coming back!

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  I learned how to enter reports in Excel spreadsheets (no really!) and use our then estimating software, Qirra. In some way or other, I was supporting pretty much all of the staff members there since there were no Project Coordinators back then. It was a very different time, I learned so much, and I am amazed every day at all the changes and improvements that have happened since then!

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  How impressive it is when everyone comes together so quickly to help out in both major disasters, mini CATs and every day emergencies.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  When a customer is so happy with what we have done and shares it with me, it is such a rewarding thing to hear.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Enjoyment. I have never worked for a company that both plays as hard as they work. Maxons parties and events are great celebrations of our success!

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  Having been both here at Maxons and in NYC for just under a year, when 9/11 hit it was indescribable how overwhelming it all was. Knowing I was working for a company that ended up having a huge impact on the tremendous cleanup initiative gave me a sense of pride. (At the time of course, we all just took it one day at a time because it was so chaotic and unknown!) I will always remember all the piles of files everywhere, the great temp labor brought in that we desperately needed (some are still here!), and being able to calm and help the many, many frazzled, stressed and worried customers that needed our help so badly. We were all doing the best we could, and somehow we came together and persevered.

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Greg, a Senior Project Manager, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  3 years

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  The company was full of very motivated, driven and they were a tight knit group of people.  A group of people who try to enjoy themselves as hard as they work!

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Use of Xactimate.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  That you don’t have to ever feel like you are alone in something.  There is always a person or a resource available for support.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  Enjoy the opportunity to help people on a daily basis.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Sincerity.  Because I think the ability to go above and beyond is generated from a genuine sense of compassion and desire to help others.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  I can’t think of a specific story – but I have an example of why Maxons is so special.

Damon always talks about making this company the best place he and his employees have ever worked. I think this is accomplished by having maintained the personal touches of a smaller company, while doing the work of a larger company. We handle some really large scale losses up into the 6 and 7 figures, and do it really well, making us have a great reputation in the industry. But internally we still maintain a small, mom-and-pop sense of individuality and attention to each other.

I see the difference with my wife’s employer (big financial firm), where employees are just a number. I remember as early as my first week when flowers were sent to my home welcoming me to the Maxons family, and as recent as last week, when gifts for my wife’s baby shower arrived at the house. These, and so many gestures in between, along with the summer outing, holiday party, and multiple celebratory gatherings in between, let employees know that their hard work is recognized, and that they are appreciated and valued. And that’s a pretty good story if you ask me.

Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from Gregg, a Client Services Associate, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long have you been with Maxons?

A:  I started in 2001, and stayed for six years.  Then I can back in 2015, altogether almost 8 years.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  Having been at other places, here you can see the commitment to culture and it is one of the best things about this place.  It is practiced and given attention.  We care about maintaining healthy information and database as well, that is easy to let slide, but it make all of our jobs so much easier.

Upper management is really emotionally healthy and that filters through the entire organization and there is a large level of transparency, and everyone has an equal opportunity to learn grow and succeed and, it is really unique and wonderful to find.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  Had to learn what the business was in the very beginning.  And I happened to join the company after one of the largest disasters and tragedies this country had ever seen, so I had to learn quickly.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  Communication and mutual respect go a long way.  Don’t over promise and under deliver, it is not only a great rule for business, but a great rule for life.  And that our core values are not only business values, they are personal values.

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  I think it is truly a business where you are helping people.  Whether you are actually out in the field or not, someone calls and they have a real need for our help.  It’s a wonderful feeling to either help get someone get back on their feet, get their home or business back together.  Whether we are dealing with the end user or other professionals in the industry, it is nice to hear our work is appreciated.  By doing a good job we make sure everyone looks good.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:   I really like responsibility, and enjoyment!  I think if you take responsibility for something the rest of it will all fall into place.  No one here can say “it’s not my job” everyone takes ownership of anything that may come their way.  By doing this it touches on all our other values.

I also think a lot of people don’t enjoy where they work, and I love that here it is a major tenant of our company.  People spend a lot of time at work, and if you don’t enjoy it, you can’t do your job well.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  One of the reasons I love this company so much is that I started during 9/11 and it was an intense, full on experience.  There was a sense of us all pulling together.  I have never had an experience like that.  Where dealing with something so tragic, yet I felt like I was contributing and making progress.  In the midst of all that I made great relationships with coworkers and it was a foundation of my young professional live.  It speaks to the character of this place, that despite what seemed like an impossible task we pulled together and cared about each other.  This part of the company has lasted, even when we deal with catastrophes still, we pull together and have an intense focus on the needs of our customers and clients.  And it is why I am so happy to be able to come back.

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

Our Blog series, “Meeting Maxons!” continues this week. We will hear from David, a Senior Project Manager, about his experiences at Maxons.

Q:  How long been with Maxons?

A:  2 years.

 

Q:  Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?

A:  There was a lot of open communication and teamwork.

 

Q:  What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?

A:  I had to relearn the subway system! I came from the industry, so I really needed to learn the Maxons way!.

 

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?

A:  Teamwork – you can’t do it alone!

 

Q:  Why do you have a passion for this industry?

A:  Because I get to help people.  It is my nature, and I get to do it professionally.  Outside of Maxons I am involved in helping my community, as a volunteer firefighter, I like to be a resource to people.

 

Q:  Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?

A:  Optimism.  What we deal with could be the worst experience of our customer’s life.  That means we need to be empathetic and understanding with them, and help them see there is hope and that this will pass.  And we get to help them through all of that.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Maxons story?

A:  In general how the group comes together on large losses.  I just handled one with multiple apartments, multiple floors, there were a lot of needs on the site.  Multiple Project Managers jumped in to help me, our warehouse team was unstoppable and our Vice President was with me every step of the way.  The job went well and I couldn’t have done it alone.

I have worked for a few other restoration companies and Maxons is the only one that adheres to the core values – here it is not just words on our wall, we live them.

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Meeting Maxons!

Meetign Maxons

 

 

 

 

Here is the first in our new blog series, “Meeting Maxons!”  We are going to post short interviews with our staff so everyone can hear first hand how it is to work at Maxons!

Our first Volunteer for the series was Ruta our Marketing Manager.

Q.    How long been with Maxons?
A.  6 years (5.8 years)

Q.   Do you remember what your impressions were of the company after being here for about a month?
A.  I liked it – at the time I was part of a growth surge.  We had just hired a few people and had a lot of new people all at once.  Eye of the storm had just changed – the company was growing and trying new things.

Q.    What was the first thing you had to learn when joining the team?
A.  Goldmine (our CRM).  I also had to spend time on industry terms – differences between Public Adjusters and Independent Adjusters, or Brokers versus Agents.  Had to learn our verticals.

Q.    What is the most important thing you have learned since you have been here?
A.  Planning and process.  The MAP training has been great, have gotten us focused on working a lot with timelines, which makes us forward thinking.  We are always asking what we do next.  Never had that before.

Q.    Why do you have a passion for this industry?
A.  I didn’t know anything about it when I started.  And first few days was freaked out about suffering a damage in my home!
But it is never the same here – no jobs are the same – we find ways to solve the unsolvable.  We end up in a lot of buildings in the city that we would otherwise never be in.

Q.    Which company core value speaks to you the most – and why?
A.  I feel like the biggest corn ball for saying all of them.
I am going to go with Enjoyment.  You can see it in our events.  In the faces of happy clients.  You simply can’t escape it.

Q.   What is your favorite Maxons story?
A.  I had been here a week and went to a social media training and another student in the class knew us, we had worked for him and he loved us!  I didn’t know much about what we did yet – but to see his reaction was amazing!  I could really see we made a difference for people!

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Compassion – Setting Maxons Apart

Compassion – a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it.

In today’s hustle and bustle, I feel that we as humans often forget to stop and think about the circumstances of the people that we come in contact with on a daily basis.  The ability to have compassion and empathy for our fellow man/woman/child is often lost in the rush of everyday life.  Compassion is something that I think sets Maxons apart from other companies in our industry.  I can honestly say that every single person I work with at Maxons truly cares about the people who call us to help them with losses they have at their homes and businesses.

Being a grief counselor, I recognize that the people who call us are experiencing a loss in their lives.  For many of us, our homes are our safe havens, our one place we can go to feel safe and sheltered from what can sometimes be a cruel world.  When something happens to upset that, it can be a devastating loss for us, much like the loss of a loved one.  Often times, while speaking to an insured, I call upon my grief counseling skills and put many of the techniques I have learned into practice.  Below are some basic Grief Counseling 101 tips that each one of us can put to use.

The single most important question to ask a person dealing with a loss is, “What happened?”  Once you have asked that question it is equally important to remember to keep quiet and let the person explain what they are going through.  This is a very important first step.  A lot of times, we are the very first call after their insurance company or broker and these calls tend to be very technical.  We may be the first chance a person has to discuss not only the technical aspects of what they are going through but how they feel about their world being turned upside down.

Once you have heard what it is that the caller is going through it is very important to follow up with open ended questions to keep the dialogue going.  Things like:  “It seems like you are having a rough day…”,  “You must feel devastated….”  Again, once you ask a question, let the person talk about how they are feeling.

Offering hope to the people we speak to is also a help.  Letting them know that we are here to help is a great relief to them.  Also, checking in with them in a day or two just to see how they are doing goes a long way

Some important things we should avoid saying:

  • “I know how you feel.” One can never know how another may feel. You could, instead, ask the person to tell you how he or she feels.
  • Statements that begin with “You should” or “You will.” These statements are too directive. Instead you could begin your comments with: “Have you thought about. . .” or “You might. . .”
  • “Everything will be okay.” Believe this for the person and hold on to hope, but someone could feel like you are dismissing someone’s grief.
  • “Let me tell you about my own loss which is similar to yours.” There will be a time for you to share, but not right now. Your role is to listen and stay with the person’s loss. When we bring the focus to ourselves, we leave the person in a real way. They want to not feel alone. Grief shared allows the person to feel some relief for a time before they need to gather it all up again and make it into tomorrow.

These may seem like very little things we can do but they do make a world of difference to the person experiencing a loss and set us apart even more, from other companies in our industry.

~Submitted by Melissa Natoli,  Sales/Project Coordinator

Saftey Tip – Always be alert behind the wheel of your automobile

In today’s workplace it is shocking that we wouldn’t get an immediate response from someone when so many of us have mobile devices allowing us to get calls, messages and emails while we are away from our desks.

While this can improve productivity and communication it doesn’t come without risk.  See the following statistic:

  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.(Monash University)

Keeping this in mind we remind all of our friends, customers, clients, vendors, and everyone out there on the roads; choose safety every time.

~Submitted by Lou Triscari, Project Manager