Spotlight with Assaf Shwartz
Torii’s Employee Spotlight is dedicated to showcasing our team members who are helping us build the best SaaS management company ever! Read on to learn more about our team, their day to day and life at Torii.
This month, we’re spotlighting Assaf Shwartz, Software engineer at Torii. Assaf joined Torii in November 2021.
Thank you Assaf for participating in our first spotlight!
Assaf, tell us a bit about your career path before Torii. What did you do? What critical moments got you to where you are today?
I started my path in the intelligence corps in the IDF, where I served 9 years. During those years, the tech industry grew widely and the awareness around software development with it.
As a result, although I started my military service with a different profession, after several years I made the shift and got the chance to work with, and study programming from the best there are.
In addition, during my last years in the army, I studied for my BSc in IDC Herzliya (also known as Reichman University today).
Finally, I decided that the time has come to try new experiences outside the army and I am very happy that my first stop was at Torii!
What do you do at Torii?
I work as a full-stack developer. The tasks that I work on day to day involve programming both front-end (using ReactJS) and back-end (using NodeJS). Of course, this is generally speaking and when diving into it, there are many more technologies that we use in the company and that I work on as well such as: MySQL DB, elasticsearch (transitioning to opensearch) and more …
Aside from the technologies that I spoke about, the tasks always change and differ from one another which I feel that it helps continue to develop me professionally.
What are some things that you and your team are responsible for?
We are working on many things: from new features in the application itself, that are in many cases different from one another, to improving the platform and implementing new technologies in our projects.
What brought you to Torii? How did it all start?
When weighing my options as I was about to finish my service in the army I thought out to myself what I wish for in my new job.
After some reflection, I understood that the most important thing for me is of course working in a warm environment with good people, but at a professional level. I also looked to work within a general scope of web development technologies as a full-stack developer and not to enter a specific or niche role in some huge company. The last thing that I looked for was to work in a place where I could feel that I have an impact and that I’m contributing to the company with my work.
So far I can happily say that Torii has met all my expectations and more!
What do you think makes Torii unique?
The primary thing is the innovative thinking and mindset that is without limitations that the people who work here have. You can come up with new ideas and it is taken into consideration when needing to problem solve using better ideas that have come from the team.
You also see it within the product itself, which is up and coming in the view of the tech industry. Torii also allows a lot of flexibility to work freely at home or at the office.
In addition, it can be seen that with every step that we make every day, there is the thought in the back of our mind to leave a solid ground behind us creating a foundation that is strong, so when new people come onboard, it’s an easier environment to easily join and help (as it was with me and you can see it with others as well).
What advice can you offer to someone looking to take on a role similar to yours?
The role itself is highly looked upon in the industry and therefore it may seem like every similar job is worth working in. However, before signing the new contract or before even interviewing in some of the companies, think about what is important to you so that you’ll wake up every morning with the desire to come to work. It may differ person to person and that is alright, but it is something important to think about so that you will have a great time while at work.
How do you organize your day to stay productive?
One of the good things that I have done during my time at Torii is adopting a dog. This is very good because although it may require some effort taking care of her and going on daily walks, she allows my mind to take a break every time and then return back refreshed and focused to continue with my work.
3 things that people don't know about you
- I trained in martial arts for almost 16 years
- I love Italian food
- Unfortunately, this Italian food has to be gluten-free as well as I am allergic to gluten