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Intuitive Surgical Overview

Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1995
Type Company - Public (ISRG)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the global leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Mission: Intuitive Surgical's mission is to provide the safest and least invasive option for surgery and we are working hard to make minimally invasive surgery the standard of care.

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Intuitive Surgical – Why Work For 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 Xi Surgical System

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System advances minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for patients like never before by offering revolutionary anatomical access, crystal clear 3D HD vision and a platform built for advanced technologies. With this addition, Intuitive Surgical can now offer a full range of da Vinci systems optimized for highly complex, multi-quadrant surgery to simpler, single-quadrant surgery.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System provides a natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands into the patient. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is always in control.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System combines the functionality of a boom-mounted system with the flexibility of a mobile platform. This hybrid architecture enables placement of the surgical cart at any position around the patient while allowing four-quadrant anatomical access.  

Visualizing anatomy in highly-magnified 3D HD is a hallmark of performing surgery with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. A new digital architecture provides the best surgical image ever developed by Intuitive Surgical. 

Take control of advanced and future technologies with the built-in expansion capabilities of the da Vinci Xi surgeon console. The system is designed to seamlessly integrate future innovations, such as advanced instrumentation, software upgrades, and other advancements into one dynamic platform.







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.


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Intuitive Surgical President & CEO Gary S. Guthart
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    Fast paced medical device company

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    I have been working at Intuitive Surgical full-time (More than 5 years)


    Challenging, rewarding,team members work toward a common goal. Inspiring to know you can make a difference in people's health by the job we do.


    Lack of communication amongst management, unrealistic expectations of work output vary throughout the season, no clear path to promotions,

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    do what you say and say what you do

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    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical.


    I recently landed a job in this company. So my review will be focusing on the interview and recruitment process. I was impressed by the very efficient process the HR staff arranged. Right after the phone screen, the hiring manager called in 30 min, then an onsite was arranged right after that. They even haven't received my full CV, though my LinkedIn profile is quite comprehensive. The HR person was also very effective during the interview process. I am working in a very focused area required quite high level of expertise. I am very surprised that the HR person hit most, if not all, the critical points in my field during the phone screening. This actually was the first time I experienced that a recruiter not specialized in my area can do the phone screening at this level. During the offer negotiation phase, the work from Intuitive HR also was very effective. Company news and emails were shared to me; additional face to face meeting was set up to facilitate the process... A lot of practical, effective work was done in a very efficient way. Again, two words to summarize the HR work: efficient and effective. Very impressive!!

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Intuitive Surgical Awards & Accolades

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  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2014
  • Global Growth Company, World Economic Forum, 2014
  • 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., Towers Watson, 2014
  • Recognized by Small Business Innovation Research for its 2014 Hall of Fame, recognizing companies with a long period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and commercialization., Small Business Innovation Research, 2014
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