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Intuitive Surgical Careers

Sunnyvale, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (ISRG)
Health Care Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the pioneer and a global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci surgical system. The company strives to make ... Read more

Mission: We believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. By combining ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#7), 2019 (#12)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#9)

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    During a time when global healthcare systems are facing unprecedented challenges, we are committed to helping hospital and healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more about our efforts to support our customers, our employees, and our community.

  • Did you know the Wall Street Journal named us on their Best Managed Companies of 2019 list? We received top ratings for “Employee Engagement & Development” and “Financial Strength”. Learn more about working here and search our careers at

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Intuitive Surgical – Why Work With Us?

Surgery remains one of health care’s most effective means for treating disease.

At Intuitive Surgical, our goal is to harness the power of advanced technology to improve surgery and its outcomes – for surgeons and their patients. We’re passionate about creating new kinds of minimally invasive surgical systems and tools that give surgeons more precision, greater dexterity, extraordinary vision and a much more comfortable and intuitive way to perform life-saving  and life-enhancing procedures.

We know surgery can – and should – be less traumatic and invasive for patients. That’s why we research, create, problem-solve and deliver breakthroughs designed to help surgeons advance human health and well being. We believe in the power of hard work, ethical behavior and deep scientific rigor. It’s good practice and good business. We’re proud of what we have accomplished. But we’re not done. Far from it.


da Vinci surgical system


Ion enduluminal system



Through dedication, collaboration and innovation, our employees strive to create and support technology with the goal of improving patients' lives worldwide. This philosophy means we do everything we can to produce products that provide the best possible outcomes for patients. We firmly believe that by maintaining this focus success will continue to follow. Therefore, the success of Intuitive Surgical is due to its technology, its vision, its staff and foremost, its focus on patients first.

At Intuitive Surgical, you will be surrounded by smart, creative, and motivated people. We seek individuals who want their careers to align with their values and priorities. We see those who desire more than just a job and want to do something revolutionary with their talents. 

Benefits Philosophy

When you join Intuitive, you become part of a passionately committed team that is working hard to advance the frontiers of minimally invasive surgery. As a world-class innovator, our benefits are an important part of our Total Rewards Package. Intuitive Surgical invests in top-tier benefits that are competitive within our industry and well above national average.

In 2014, our health plan and our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) both ranked #1 in employer-provided value according to the Towers Watson High Tech BENVAL ® Survey of Employee Benefits – ahead of 17 selected companies renowned for their benefits, including Google, Facebook, Roche/Genentech, and Johnson & Johnson.

While the specifics of our offerings differ by country, our offerings are competitive, comprehensive and inclusive:

  • Shared Success. Simply put, we are a high-growth company where equity and ownership matter. Through competitive programs like our ESPP, corporate incentive bonus plan, patent bonus program and employee referral program, we all share in our mutual success.
  • Soar to New Heights. Reimbursement for classes and degree programs that enhance your skills and value (up to 50% of tuition up to $15,000 per calendar year).
  • Community Connections. Wellness initiatives, community volunteerism and giving, including the American Heart Association and American Red Cross, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach, and more, so many ways to give, care and connect.
  • Time Off. A generous vacation and holiday schedule, paid new parent leave, vacation cash out, as well as sick time when you need it, are just a few of the ways we ensure our team has time to attend to all that matters in their lives.
  • Travel Worry-Free. Travel insurance and emergency assistance while traveling on company business, including between your residence and regular work site.


Intuitive Surgical’s annual “RoboNanza” event features scores of Silicon Valley high school students representing FIRST Robotics teams, who spend a day at the Sunnyvale campus enjoying friendly competition, recognition and hands-on engineering.


Intuitive Surgical Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (23)

    "Best company I've worked for!"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intuitive Surgical full-time (More than a year)


    -Innovative technology that is having a true impact on patients
    -Continuous investment into R&D and growth for a very promising future
    -A lot of room for personal/professional growth, development and opportunity for movement
    -Challenging and fast-paced work environment for those who thrive in that type of culture
    -Clear vision for the future, short-and long-term
    -Inviting and inclusive leadership team with high expectations


    -Fast-paced environment can be overwhelming but leadership is cognizant of that and willing to help
    -Org is frequently changing - lots of movement across teams but most with the intent of personal/professional growth

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to fight hard to keep the Intuitive culture intact
    -Don't sacrifice quality for growth

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Intuitive Surgical Photos

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Intuitive Surgical Interviews



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    Director, Corporate Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA) in December 2019.


    The interview process was the most professional and respectful process I have ever experienced. The recruiter reached out to me for a phone screen and gave me a lot of information to review and prepare after describing the role and team in detail. I was then put in touch with the hiring manager for the first screen and went on to meet with the full team. Interviews covered a wide range of functional and technical areas and was very representative of the job descriptions and skills needed. Everyone I met was inspiring and I loved being able to meet the team. Great people and great company. Best recruiting experience.

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Intuitive Surgical Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work #7, Glassdoor Employees Choice Award, 2020
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2019
  • Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare, Becker's Hospital Review, 2019
  • Top CEOs 2019 by Glassdoor, Glassdoor, 2019
  • Red Dot Design Award, RedDot, 2019
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