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Intuitive Surgical San Jose Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 18 reviews)

  • It is a fast-paced environment, and that may not be for everyone (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Controller"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Controller in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Controller in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intuitive Surgical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast-paced company with a solid ethical foundation and well respected exec management team that's changing the world of surgery

    Cons

    Not a con - but know that everyone is expected to work incredibly hard and contribute daily.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, and as the company matures, ensure the comp package is right-sized w/ cash.


  2. "No vertical movement"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You know right from day one what needs to be done, so you keep executing.

    Cons

    Mgmt. doesn't care about progress. They hire a lot of contractors


  3. "Company is full of great people but Enterprise BI department is pathetic"

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    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Intuitive Surgical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Caveat: This is my personal experience from my internship in the BI department. This may not be applicable always.
    - Good networking opportunities for interns
    - Great inspirational talks from great people in the company
    - Average compensation and relocation for interns
    - Good place to get business acumen

    Cons

    - They promise in the interview that you will get to work on a lot of modern BI platforms but actually there is no real work given over the course of 12 weeks
    - You might try to be proactive and pursue your manager to get some development work but you would get nothing
    - They hired me for doing BI dev work. Actually, they just wanted me to work on a short-term project like a PM for which nobody in the team had time. They should have hired a candidate who wanted to do PM stuff.

    Advice to Management

    An internship is supposed to be a learning opportunity where the candidate is exposed to industry practices in her/his area of interest. Don't hire an intern to accomplish a short-term task which needs valuable 3 months of your FTEs. Get a contractor from some consulting company.

    Look at interns as potential full-time employees.


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  5. "Great Product, Awful Internal Procedures, Not Easy to Get Promoted"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Talented engineers. Some of the most bright mechanical, electrical, software and robotics engineers work at Intuitive. Most of them are down to earth and help a new person to navigate the complexity of the product.
    - Experienced employees are well-compensated.
    - Flexibility to learn whatever you want.

    Cons

    - You can't get promoted if top executives don't recognize you by name. Promotion is based on who you know rather than your work output/performance. Some top managers/ VPs consider it as a "show off", if you seek promotion.
    - Very cumbersome and complex systems and procedures-most of them home grown. Old timers are unwilling to change and become nimble. They are "married" to their processes and resist any process improvement. New ideas from employees who came from other companies are not considered.
    - Some people are very hostile towards project management office (PMO) and treat project managers with disrespect. They still don't understand the value of a PM on a project.

    Advice to Management

    - Management should be transparent with decisions and product roadmap.
    - Create an open environment for process improvements/remove barriers
    - Promote people based on their ability not just seniority in the company.
    - Simplify processes and reduce bureaucracy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Salary
    - Great Stock (RSU)
    - Great incentive for type-A player
    - Company care about work life balance
    - Very Stable
    - Product is unique and make you shine outside
    - IT lacks but CEO knows how keep company innovative

    Cons

    - IT lacks fresh crop, old people running in very old fashion, management lack leadership they hire people manager everywhere unfortunately.
    - No transparent growth plan for developers
    - Core Robot engineer are smartest while IT people are very average except key leader.
    - Promotion path is never transparent and not clear, lot of nepotism and given looking at grey hairs or time you spend in company, most of people are focused on process band-aid job over building products and solving problems
    - IT culture is decade behind the original company except few people
    - Serious revamp needed in hiring process within IT, full-stack engineers are requirement over consultants and cutting technologies is required from ground up.
    -Senior Management are at retirement stage and should loosen up their string now and hand it over to younger generation based on leadership and their contribution over years they spend
    - Total SAP shop, lots of consultant everywhere who just manage 9-5 no questions of strategy. No one talks about Mobility/Cloud and end-to-end lifecycle. Just wire up something to make managers happy (who themselves don't know much)
    - PTO plan is so outdated and not compatible with what other companies offering in 1 miles radius itself.

    Advice to Management

    - Old people, time to retire
    - Clear up junk of old technology
    - Hiring should take seriously, don't hire consultant hire smart engineers over lame developers
    - Incentive and promotion bring motivation, do it by open transparency based of contribution not by age and time they spend in the company.
    - Please go and visit any product nearby for a day or two, culture will change


  7. "Amazing product, amazing people !"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - visions being translated into strategies
    - great compensation package
    - amazing recruiting staff and process
    - very loyal and passionate employees
    - solid financial investments
    - transparency of investments

    Cons

    - PTO/vacation days are far off industry standard, especially given the hours each employee spends on working days, which affects work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    - look into new standards of work life balance, new work environment paradigms e.g. more collaboration space, less confined cubicles


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intuitive Surgical (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Working with top notch engineers
    * Great product that impacts the lives of many
    * CEO is very transparent
    * Great place for engineers

    Cons

    Nothing really. Keep doing what you are doing.


  9. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. Great atmosphere. People truly care about the cause they are fighting for and saving lives. The technology itself is truly inspiring and upper management cares about each employee as well.

    Cons

    FDA approvals are very hard to come by. Therefore the work environment is very slow, so if you are expecting hard declines and tight scheduling... you won't find that here.

    Advice to Management

    To be honest, the management is pretty great. Gary (CEO) is a fantastic person. Easy to talk to even as an intern.


  10. "Motivating, engaging and fun!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sharp individuals, dynamic environment, and passion to deliver great products

    Cons

    Hours may be long, but work/life balance is highly team/manager specific


  11. "company is growing rapidly"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Interaction Design Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Interaction Design Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Intuitive Surgical as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a growing market and arising company! Great team environment

    Cons

    i wish there could be more lunch options :)


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