We're Changing the Experience of Surgery ... for One Patient at a Time

Lonnie Smith

"There are no passengers on this plane. We are all crew members, and everybody does their part to ensure our success."
- Lonnie Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors


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.

Who do we typically hire? While experience is important, it is eclipsed by character. In fact, we strive to find and hire individuals with the strongest of character, as well as the energy and capacity to get the job done. Collectively, these employees create a unique and effective work environment.

Is Intuitive Surgical Right For You?

Our corporate culture is often described as: lean, fast-moving, agile, results-driven and entrepreneurial, but the word that comes up most often is "passionate". Passion to improve the lives of patients in all that we do allows our company to sustain its position as the global technology leader in robotic-assisted surgery. But, the Intuitive Surgical culture is multi-faceted, and is displayed in the tremendous dedication, integrity, camaraderie and compassion of our employees.

There is a common story about the value and view of work that centers around three people who were asked what they did for a living. The first worker answered by saying he built bricks. The second worker said he built walls. The final worker answered the question by saying he built cathedrals that would be the heart of the community and the location of monumental life events such as marriages and funerals.

Intuitive Surgical has fostered a culture resulting in employees who have the mindset that they are ‘building cathedrals’. Every member of our workforce understands their day-to-day role in bringing the final product to market. The highly qualified and motivated people we hire all have an even stronger understanding of the impact our product will have on improving and potentially saving patients’ lives. Intense? Yes. Rewarding? Absolutely!

In answering the question: Is Intuitive Surgical right for you? A better question to ask yourself may be: Do you want to build cathedrals?

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Intuitive Surgical By the Numbers

Intuitive Surgical By the Numbers

Who is Intuitive Surgical? The numbers tell an amazing story. Learn more about our company.

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