Alcon – Why Work For Us?

We are committed to helping people see better. We believe patients should have access to quality eye care regardless of their economic circumstances; however, barriers to good eye health exist for patients in both developed and emerging markets. 

Enhancing Sight to Improve life

Alcon is helping people see the world better through advanced surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products. We serve eye care professionals and their patients in more than 180 countries, reaching 90% of the globe, to help millions of people see the world better with clarity, color and beauty. At Alcon, we enhance sight to enhance life.


Commitment to Patients

Alcon continues to set new standards in eye care through its commitment to developing new and innovative products and technologies to address unmet eye care needs around the world. Patients are at the center of everything we do and at the heart of our commitment to helping people see better. This is seen in our advanced research and development process, as well as our high standards for manufacturing that exceed basic compliance needs.

Research and Development – With more than 2,000 associates worldwide researching and developing treatments for vision conditions and eye diseases, Alcon’s dedication to eye health is unmatched. Over the next five years, we plan to invest $5 billion to develop new ways to treat cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinal diseases, dry eye, eye infection, eye inflammation, ocular allergies,refractive errors and other problems that keep people from seeing well. We’re always looking for scientists and engineers to work in our state-of-the-art R&D facilities—view our current job openings if you’d like to join our team.

Manufacturing – Alcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of eye care products and employs approximately 12,000 associates in 26 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities — located across the globe. Our facilities manufacture surgical equipment and devices, pharmaceutical products, contact lenses and lens care products. View our current job openings if you’re interested in working at one of our manufacturing facilities.


Our Business Focus

Alcon's leadership is grounded in cutting-edge innovation and breakthrough technology, transforming the way we treat eye diseases and conditions. We offer a broad spectrum of eye care products and are organized into three businesses: Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Vision Care.

Surgical – Alcon offers the industry’s most complete line of ophthalmic surgical products, enabling surgeons to achieve the best results for their patients. Our surgical portfolio includes technologies and devices for cataract, retinal, glaucoma and refractive surgery, as well as advanced technology intraocular lenses (ATIOLs) to treat cataracts and refractive errors, like presbyopia and astigmatism. We also provide advanced viscoelastics, surgical solutions, surgical packs, and other disposable products for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery.

Pharmaceutical – The Alcon pharmaceutical portfolio includes treatment options for elevated intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma, anti-inflammatories and anti-infectives to aid in the treatment of bacterial infections and bacterial conjunctivitis, ophthalmic solutions to treat inflammation and pain associated with ocular surgery, as well as eye inflammation and infection following cataract surgery. The product portfolio also includes vitreomacular adhesion, eye and nasal allergy treatments, and over-the-counter dry eye relief and ocular vitamins.

Vision Care – Through the integration of CIBA VISION, Alcon is now one of the largest manufacturers of contact lenses and lens care products. Our Vision Care portfolio offers daily disposable, monthly replacement and color-enhancing contact lenses for comfortable and convenient vision correction options. We also have a complete line of contact lens care products. These include multi-purpose and hydrogen-peroxide based solutions to clean, rinse and disinfect contact lenses; rewetting drops to provide added comfort throughout the day; and daily protein remover that removes protein deposits from lenses.


Our Mission
Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better. The merger with Novartis in 2011 helped us do this by uniting the strengths of Alcon, CIBA VISION and Novartis Ophthalmics into one Alcon eye care business, which is now the second-largest division of Novartis. This enables us to serve our customers through the full life cycle of patient needs across eye diseases, vision conditions and refractive errors.


Our Vision
Alcon’s vision is to be the most trusted leader in eye care. With the Novartis merger in 2011, we were able to expand our global presence to accelerate access to innovative eye care products and partner with eye care professionals around the world. By serving and working with people worldwide, we are building our reputation, while addressing the growing eye care demands of the future.


Patient-focused Discoveries and Treatments
Alcon transforms eye care possibilities into therapeutic realities through the discovery and development of innovative eye care products and treatments.

Eye Care Products
Our global team of more than 2,000 highly skilled individuals dedicated to R&D drive our efforts to relentlessly innovate and find solutions for current and future unmet needs in eye care. Consider the following statistics regarding the growing incidence of eye disease:

80% of all visual impairment can be prevented, treated or cured1
90% of people that are visually impaired live in developing countries2
1.8 million people suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD)3
67 million people worldwide are affected by glaucoma 4causing irreversible loss of vision if left untreated5
“Developing new products in an increasingly costly and heavily regulated environment requires that Alcon carefully select those projects that truly deliver on unmet patient needs. This is the focus of everything we do in Alcon R&D.”–Sabri Markabi, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Research & Development, Alcon


Research Areas and Product Development Focus
Alcon’s leadership and future growth is driven by breakthrough innovation. Our focus is to continue to build trusted partnerships with eye care professionals around the world, offering a diversified yet focused product portfolio that serves the full lifecycle of patient needs across eye diseases, vision conditions and refractive errors.


Dedication to Eye Care
Working at Alcon means each day is dedicated to delivering innovative products that improve quality of life by helping people see better. This is a task we take seriously and is reflected in our accomplishments. Alcon associates are inspired, creative and engaged individuals who excel in customer focus and innovation, while working towards Alcon’s vision of becoming the most respected eye care company in the world.

Alcon Benefits
Alcon values its employees and is proud to offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive package of benefits, programs and services. No matter where our associates call home, they can count on benefits that are competitive within the industry and their country.


R&D Learning and Professional Development

As Alcon Research and Development invests in new technologies and science‑based solutions in eye care, we must also invest in our people, so they can grow and develop the skills necessary to help us overcome the barriers that stand between people and better vision.

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    Alcon is reconnecting with people

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    Mission is inspiring, company is growing, new leadership is focusing on people again, strong commitment to growth of women and diversity, strong connection to patients and customers, good pay and benefits


    Growth is positive if some of what made Alcon successful isn't dismissed, rapid change caused resource and work life balance strains but is improving, need continued focus on developing employees to their full potential

    Advice to Management

    Continue to restore core values with employees at the center, continue to hold poor leaders accountable, continue to support growth of women, continue to encourage fun working environments and employee celebrations such as the ones this year. If leaders walk the talk and show equal care for employees and patients the company will be back on the top list to work for.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Alcon.


    The interview process is dependent on the hiring manager. Typically, there is one on one interview with the hiring manager and then a ride-a-long with a current employee. The next step is typically completing an online personality assessment and then another one on one interview with the hiring manager. The final step is usually another one on one interview with the hiring manager's boss.

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Alcon Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2009
100 Best Companies for Minorities , Fortune, 2009
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2008
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Additional Info

Headquarters Fort Worth, TX
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1945
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

Alcon sees all, and hopes you can too. Operating through three divisions, pharmaceutical, surgical, and consumer eye care, the company strives to keep eyes healthy. Its surgical group is one of the largest makers of equipment used for cataract removal and laser vision correction. Alcon's pharmaceuticals include glaucoma treatments, anti-infectives, and allergy relievers ... More

Mission: To provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better.

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