Alcon Labs

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Alcon Labs Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
93 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company with great benefits and lots of opportunity (in 9 reviews)

  • Alcon had many great people, good benefits and flexible work schedule (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It seems the executive leadership team does not realize or possibly care how low morale has gotten (in 6 reviews)

  • No work life balance and the culture wasn't great (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enjoyed working for a passionate company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcon Labs

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Alcon because of the company values, positive team spirit and challenging work. There was a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Because Alcon is such a large company, many of the departments are isolated in their functions.

  2.  

    Not the place it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biostatistics and Stat Programming in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Biostatistics and Stat Programming in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Alcon Labs

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good. They shut down between Christmas and New Years - so you always have that week off.

    Cons

    Alcon used to be a great place to work, but after Novartis took over, things have definitely changed. Upper management is all from outside the company - which doesn't give you the incentive to work hard, since you won't be promoted. The emphasis is on getting things done faster, and not necessarily with quality. Studies are planned, and resources planned, then the planned dates get moved up by weeks or months, leaving everyone scrambling, working long hours, and swapping out planned resources. If you work remotely, there aren't any opportunities to move up - it's almost out of sight, out of mind. Many areas don't like telecommuters, and it shows. Only the people in the office are considered for the good assignments. At the office, they have gone to these very short cubicles, in which you can see and hear everyone and everything - it's noisy and distracting. I used to try to get my friends to work here, now I tell them that they don't want to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees for doing a good job, don't always consider hiring someone from outside of the company. Plan the clinical trials and stick to the plan - constantly moving the dates up makes it hard for all team members. Locking studies on Friday afternoon seems to be the norm, but that means that others are working on the weekend because of that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Corporate take-over has limited our projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcon Labs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    location is great. gym is great.

    Cons

    It is an old company that has not caught up with the modern business culture. It lacks personal growth opportunities, career paths and cutlure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Acquisition challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcon Labs

    Pros

    Lot of great experience in Global pharma. Very multicultural. European influenced leafership.

    Cons

    Not enough resources and often working very long hours. Due to acquisition and integration,the company lost really good talented people with exceptional skill set who brought a lot to the table.

    European influenced leadership often pushes the envelope in product compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline projects, train to keep good talent.

    Don't just put a person in a role because they have a PhD without experience to compliment it. PhD does not always equate to experience and talent. It's a nice to have and wonderful when you have it. Years proven experience can go along way for a company even w/out a PhD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was by far the worst place I ever worked.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcon Labs

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are decent

    Cons

    1) Unfavorable environment for intelligent and ambitious employees. The pay is OK, but in the end it not nearly enough to put up with rotten management. 2) perceptions are more important than accomplishments, 3) management has created a back stabbing environment and employees tend to work against one another rather than collaboratively, 4) Promotions are generally based on politics and rarely based on accomplishment, 5) Too many in management are self centered and only care about them selves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the company and seek counseling in how to be a decent human being

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once an awesome place to work, the arrival of Novartis has destroyed more than just morale.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Alcon Labs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Skilled work force, lots of engineers that know what they're doing, very resourceful people that are typically helpful when you are seeking to rally a group.

    Cons

    The sale of the company to Novartis has ruined what was once a great place to be. Full time employee's are vocal about their distaste for the new Alcon, temps and contractors are simply treated like dirt now, overall quality workers from both areas are jumping ship and leaving voluntarily. Both the layoffs and guys simply quitting are both previously unheard of, its sad to see a once productive family environment disgraced by dimwitted strangers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of leadership by new management is disgusting. New Novartis recruits rolling in with a chip on their shoulder and a stick up their six are beyond unprofessional and unwelcome to say the least. Most current workers have over 20 years in their current capacity, yet the new people lack the simplest shred of respect and exude total ignorance over and over. In a 22 year work history, this by far is one of the worst scenario's I have ever suffered through. Personally, its a horrid time to be looking for work, but being free of your hostage mentality is worth it. Good riddens. If you haven't guessed by now, I am a former family member who will never set foot in my old facility again. Novartis, you are the worst ever, I hope you all lose your shirt after you pillage and sell Alcon off in two years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company To Work For

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Alcon Labs as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff, company cares for employees.

    Cons

    Limited mobility when applying for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more mobility in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineer Co-Op/Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Co-op in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Co-op in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Alcon Labs as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    the people are extremely welcoming.
    the give meaningful projects from the get go.
    they pair each intern/co-op with a mentor that helps.

    Cons

    FDA regulations.
    internal bureaucracy.
    I wish they could offer more intellectual development classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alcon's approach to the development of its associates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Alcon Labs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company recognize the need to develop the employees and has many plans to do that.
    The development process is quite complicated and involves managers from different levels, along with substantial input from the associates themselves.
    If you are capable of doing more and contribute in more than a single field, high chances that you will have a development plan in the company.

    Cons

    Most of the development plans, especially those that involves higher responsibilities and promotions, are subjected to the availability of positions in those higher levels (quite obvious,,, :) ).
    As the company have a (non formal) policy of bringing new and young employees into managerial roles, and developing women in management positions, the chances of any employee, especially older men, to get a promotion or to get their development plan executed, is low.
    The HR organization suffers lack of good leaders and those that work for the company are not spending time in following up with the associate's plans. Their contribution for the process is fairly low.
    It seems like the company has noticed that the vast majority of Executive Leadership Team is Caucasian, and since then they are making efforts in the development of minorities and women into key roles. It turned out to be almost impossible to get a decent development plan, unless you are a young women. On the other hand, if you are a white men, over 45, who already work for the company, your chances to grow with this company are nearly zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to current employees as it seems that current policy is to make them leave Alcon. Since the acquisition by Novartis there were rumors that this is the policy, you should handle this rumor seriously and prove that it is wrong. Not doing so, would definitely prove that it is right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcon Labs

    Pros

    A good place for comp, training and growth

    Cons

    No work life balance and the culture wasn't great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase the work life balance

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