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I have been working at Intuitive Surgical full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
The company offers competitive salaries, low-cost medical, nice employee stock purchase plans, cash bonus and some stock options in an attempt to attract and keep talented people. Because the company is faster-paced, it's good to know you have quality talent around you. People on the whole are more accountable here because they do have a greater sense of ownership.
The product is great and the company really focuses on how the product really helps people. The executive management team is very good and has the company moving in the right direction. ISI is the unquestioned market leader and has positioned itself to stay that way for a long time.Cons
The company is now too mature to be considered a start-up, so it's having a lot of new growing pains as it attempts to fight off pending competition. Managers who were good at pushing to get MORE productivity at any cost, just to keep up with explosive growth, are now struggling when having to introduce processes that maintain productivity while improving operational efficiency for long-term growth.
While the executive management team inspires great confidence in the direction of the company, an alarmingly growing segment of middle-management is being exposed as ill-equipped and unready to transition this company to the next phase of maturation. Too many of these folks are there because of tenure, being rewarded after having survived very busy periods, and it's very apparent that they lack the skill set to match the changing requirements of the business. We've seen a mini-exodus where many of the good individual contributors who have grown the company, have decided to take their gains and start fresh elsewhere instead of suffering along.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Clear out the mid-level managers who are now holding the company back and causing the really talented employees to leave. Internal surveys and half-baked sensitivity trainings illustrate that the problems exist, but the employees are getting restless because we see too little actual change. Talk is cheap, time to start walking.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO