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NuVasive Overview

San Diego, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (NUVA)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
A leading innovator and spine industry disruptor, NuVasive® is a global medical device company that is transforming spine surgery with minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated solutions that are at the forefront of twenty-first century healthcare. As the ... Read more

Mission: First be the best, then be first.

Company Updates

  • Our international headquarters in Amsterdam hosted several members of the NuVasive Executive team this week! As a global company, we value face-to-face opportunities with our teams around the world as we continue to grow. To learn more about our strategic focus areas for the year, view the 2019 Spine Lineup here:

  • Meet Monica! “As a Graphic Designer, my day-to-day routine consists of creating cohesive marketing collateral to support NUVA’s commercial needs, product launches, and events.” The Creative team works with every product team to help create pieces aligned to the overarching brand. If you’re interested in being on the team, we’re searching for one more graphic designer!

    Apply today:

    Graphic Designer - External Careers

    Are you interested in the challenging, rewarding career opportunities offered by NuVasive? Check our open positions!

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NuVasive – Why Work For Us?

NuVasive’s continued success is dependent upon all employees embodying our Core Values. 

Speed of Innovation

Speed of Innovation is a key component of what differentiates us from our competitors. It’s the way that we innovate, strategize, and work with each other to outpace the competition. 

Absolute Responsiveness

Absolute Responsiveness has been central to our success from the beginning.  It’s about being absolutely responsive to our customers, and to each other, as we deliver top notch results at Cheetah Speed! 

Act Like an Owner

Act Like an Owner encompasses the passion and commitment that all employees have for NuVasive. When you’re a NuVasive employee, you lead with courage, champion our culture, and demand outstanding performance every day.

Being a part of the NuVasive® Family is personal. It’s personal because what you do here is all about you, as an individual. You get to connect your values to your work, your work to a higher purpose, and your purpose to who you are.

It’s personal because the things you do as a member of a team make a lasting contribution. You contribute to something exceptional, something meaningful, something with purpose, making memories along the way.

It’s personal because at NuVasive you are a true Shareowner. You own part of the business. You own your career and development. Most importantly, you own our mission to transform healthcare and change lives.

Snapshot of our benefits: Medical insurance, prescription insurance, health savings account (HSA), dental insurance, vision insurance, flexible spending account (FSA), 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), on-site fitness center, vacation, sick leave, and 12 paid holidays per calendar leave. Visit our benefits tab for detailed descriptions.

The NuVasive Spine Foundation is dedicated to providing life-changing spine surgery to individuals in disadvantaged communities across the globe, and advancing spine surgery technology in these communities by training local surgeons.

Since its inception in 2009, the NuVasive Spine Foundation has been focused on:

  • Providing life-changing spine surgery to individuals around the world with limited access to high quality medical treatment,
  • Working together with committed surgeons to develop sustainable spine treatment programs and advance the quality of spine care in disadvantaged communities, and
  • Upholding our core belief that it is our responsibility to leverage our expertise in spine care to give back to local and global communities.

Want to learn more and get involved with the foundation? Click here.

NuVasive Reviews

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NuVasive Chief Executive Officer Chris Barry
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    "Agile Company with a Great Employee Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
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    I have been working at NuVasive full-time (More than a year)


    Fastest and most strategically aggressive medical device company I know - never bogged down by bureaucracy, shortcomings, etc.
    Incredibly strong company culture of driving innovation through Shareowner ownership
    Onboarding experience is awesome - Spine Exam, cadaver lab surgery gets all Shareowners on the same page
    Tons of events with food and drinks
    Free snacks and fruit everywhere
    Flexible time off policy for exempt Shareowners
    Access to the gym and fitness classes with trainers
    Working to do awesome things with innovative technology to improve lives with spine surgery
    Management is incredibly open and care about their shareowners


    Disorganization sometimes occurs in the shuffle

    Advice to Management

    Keep on investing in your shareowners and their growth

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NuVasive Photos

NuVasive photo of: A custom sign made with our implants and instruments accents the wall of our main lobby at our corporate headquarters. Note the NuVasive purple that is used in our products and instruments.
NuVasive photo of: A few Shareowners with our CEO, Chris Barry
NuVasive photo of: Celebrating our annual Fall Festival
NuVasive photo of: Kicking off another wellness challenge onsite!
NuVasive photo of: Shareowners at a NuVasive Social
NuVasive photo of: A few New & Rising Cheetahs in San Diego!
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NuVasive Interviews



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    Regulatory Affairs Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at NuVasive (San Diego, CA) in December 2017.


    In depth and rigorous interview process that took around 4.5 hours with various members from different departments. 15 min breaks were given in between each interview. Interviews focused more on personality fit for the team and individual's method or approach on organization, collaboration, and process on projects involving a few different departments. The interviews themselves were not very difficult, but jumping from one interview to the next (5 different people) was a somewhat intense. This was the longest interviewing process I had gone through. I appreciated the thoroughness of the entire process.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the method you use to keep tasks and projects organized in the workplace?   Answer Question
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    • If there is a particularly difficult team member in your group, how do you go about getting he/ she to collaborate?   Answer Question
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NuVasive Awards & Accolades

  • Fastest 500 Growing Tech Companies in North America, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, 2013
  • Best Places to Work in New Jersey (Large)(#6), Best Companies Group, 2012

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