Spotlight on Tori Crawford, Software Engineer at FireHydrant

To celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we'll be spotlighting the Women of FireHydrant - this post is about Tori Crawford who is a software engineer working on our backend.

Spotlight on the Women of FireHydrant

To celebrate Women's History Month in March and International Women's Day on March 8, 2021, we will be spotlighting our fabulous women of FireHydrant and some of our amazing customers too!

Name: Tori Crawford
When did you join FireHydrant? June 2020
What do you do at FireHydrant? Software Engineer

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I truly enjoy the learning culture that has been cultivated at FireHydrant. It’s given me the opportunity to pair with and learn from our many experienced and knowledgeable engineers without fear of judgment.

What are some ways working at FireHydrant challenged you and enabled you to grow?

From day one, FireHydrant has given me opportunity after opportunity to grow professionally. FireHydrant is the first company I’ve worked for and within my first 9 months here, I have learned and grown so much. I’ve written a few blog posts, conducted interviews, led team meetings, driven a feature from start to finish, and I’m currently (slowly) learning the ins-and-outs of site reliability engineering.

What's your favorite FireHydrant story?

My answer here isn’t as much of a story as it is a constantly evolving storyline at FireHydrant. The care for the overall well-being of each and every employee that is expressed day after day, week after week by those at FireHydrant at every level, across every team is absolutely amazing. I never knew a company like this could exist and I feel incredibly grateful every single day that I work here.

What women inspire you and why?

Every single woman in my life inspires me greatly as they are all unique and bring different perspectives to the table.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?

Be open and honest. The people around you won’t know that you need extra support unless you ask for it. They won’t be able to offer advice if they don’t know there is a problem or what that problem is. Coworkers won’t know that you have extra time to help out where needed unless you make it known. Plus, the typical “ask all the questions'' because only you know what you don’t understand. There is much more that falls within this lesson that I could keep listing, but I think y’all get the gist of it: the people around you aren’t mind readers so you have to advocate for yourself.

What advice can you offer to women who want a career in tech?

Find your community. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of gender biases that exist within the tech industry and the reality is that you’ll likely encounter them at some point in your career. This is why it is so important to find your community that you can turn to for support when you need it. My community has taught me how to advocate for myself, supported me through a long and grueling job search, and continues to help me navigate through feelings of self-doubt. Finding your community will hopefully provide you with the support you need as well as a feeling of belonging.

What are your favorite websites that you can be found browsing during your spare time?

My husband and I are in the midst of closing on our first house and are expecting our first child in May, so I’ve been spending a ton of time on sites like Wayfair, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Babylist. Oh and of course reading reviews on Wirecutter for nearly every single baby item we purchase or add to our registry.

If your life were made into a movie, who would play you and why?

Blake Lively because 1. She is an amazing actress who has a great sense of humor. 2. I’ve been told she’s my celebrity look-a-like. 3. Serena van der Woodsen is one of my all-time favorite TV characters.

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