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Intuitive Surgical Overview

Sunnyvale, CA
1001 to 5000 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: 2019 (#12)

Company Updates

  • Looking back at an eventful summer, where we were joined by a talented group of interns in our Sunnyvale office. The group closed out the summer showcasing their projects to hundreds of Intuitive employees during our Intern Exhibit Day! We're wishing all 104 of our 2018 interns the best of luck as they finish the fall semester at over 40 universities and colleges nationwide.

  • We're proud to share with you that today Gary Guthart joins these globally recognized CEOs on Fortune Magazine’s top 50 Businesspersons of the Year!

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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.


Intuitive Surgical Reviews

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    "Amazing work place with inspiring people, innovative technology, and solid future"

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    Culture is great, everyone is empowered to be themselves. The technology and the sheer number of different projects going on at the same time are astounding, definitely not a company that's resting on its laurels even as the market leader in robotic surgery. This is by far the hardest I've ever worked in my life, and I love it. All of my colleagues are super sharp and dedicated. You can tell they put a lot of effort into hiring the right people, and it shows with the insanely low turnover rate.


    Cost of living. But it's an issue anywhere in CA really.
    Growing so fast that some processes are still being developed to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent. And as growth continues to happen, try and find ways to keep employees connected as a team.

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Intuitive Surgical Interviews



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    Senior Manager HTA Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Intuitive Surgical in December 2017.


    This is the best interview experience I have ever had. Intuitive Surgical does their best to work in everyone that you will be working with in a single day. The interviewers were open-minded, enthusiastic, and clearly dedicated to the company and its products. It was clear from my interactions with the interviewers Intuitive Surgical has a great company culture.

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    • I cannot remember specifically but the interviewers are interested in understanding the vision you have for the position, how you resolve internal and external issues, and the nature of your successes.   Answer Question
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Intuitive Surgical Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Forbes Global 2000 List, Forbes Magazine, 2016
  • Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2014
  • Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2013
  • Global Growth Company, World Economic Forum, 2014
  • 2016 Fast Company Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2016
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