Alcon
3.2 of 5 101 reviews
www.alconlabs.com H√ľnenberg, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 30, 2014

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Alcon President and CEO Kevin J. Buehler

Kevin J. Buehler

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits - on campus gym and workouts offered"
    in 11 reviews
  • "They provide a good work environment with a competitive salary and benefits"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "For me - I had a HORRIBLE manager and when I tried to address the issues with upper management"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The immediate next day local senior management revoked the new perk"
    in 4 reviews
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Great company, not sure if they are headed in the right direction!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at Alcon full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat pay, great benefits. Alcon pays very well compared to other companies in the DFW metroplex. Their benefits are great and the company has great values as well.

ConsManagement/Leadership direction and attitudes. Work-life balance, recent direction. Management seems mostly tactical rather than strategic. Very conservative, unwilling to change to times. Employee satisfaction doesn't seem to be a priority.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet grounded, and closer to reality. Be more strategic and focus more on people!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A decent place to work

Analyst (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I worked at Alcon as a contractor for more than a year

ProsBeautiful campus, nice cafe and cafeteria, and if you happen to surround yourself with the right people and management, you'll survive.

ConsWhile the campus is beautiful, it's still a 10min walk everywhere. Super heavy office politics. Way too many clicks in the workplace.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't rely on words or the opinion of just one person; evaluate situations yourself, you might just be surprised of what you SEE with your own EYES.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I worked at Alcon as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat benefits, awesome co-workers, relaxed work environment.

ConsThe buy out kinda sucked.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Time of transition

Global Clinical and Regulatory Affairs (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I worked at Alcon full-time for more than a year

ProsLots of opportunities, company benefits and campus perks, collaborative environment. The main campus has lots to offer including a first-class gym, an excellent cafeteria with gourmet meals. The team members are great to work with and care about those around them.

ConsTake-over by Novartis created a lot or reorganization, leadership disconnected from team members and looking to protect themselves, heavy turn-over all lead to lower morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementReconnect with what truly matters and is the most important asset of the company - it's people. The success of the portfolio in R&D will come if you invest in your people first.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I like it!

Allergy and Otolaryngology Representative (Current Employee)

I have been working at Alcon full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Salary
Good Commission opportunity
Free Car for field sales
Benefits

ConsPromotions are difficult to achieve

Advice to Senior ManagementI wish that upper management would provide more upward mobility to those that prove themselves, instead of having a set of requirements that have to be achieved before consideration.

I really like the new compensation structure, it's more rewarding! I am a happy employee of Alcon.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hostile, Chaotic, Stressful

Senior Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at Alcon full-time for more than a year

ProsIncome, Location, Colleagues, Labs, Institutional Knowledge

ConsPoor management, overworked, stressed, unclear objectives

Advice to Senior Managementbetter management, more training, clearer expectations

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start out, good mobility and opportunity to grow

R&D Engineer (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at Alcon as a contractor for less than a year

Pros-Diverse team, all in one office
-Reasonable ability to participate in multiple projects at once
-Pleasant atmosphere/culture
-Decent pay
-Performance was recognized and seemed to generally be rewarded.

Cons-"Permanent" contractor arrangement is confusing, costly for employees and a little strange.
-Obvious social division between full-time contractors and FTE employees.
-Work could get monotonous, occasionally felt like project managers were more interested in perpetuating status quo rather than innovating and developing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Alcon

ProsGreat benefits, amenities, etc. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

ConsManagement does not communicate with employees. Future kinda uncertain because of merger with Novartis.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with employees

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After 27+ years of tenure, and after acquired by Novartis, senior management is ready to cut off employees.

Senior Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Alcon full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat products, market leading share of market.

ConsUnrealistic sales goals. Makes it nearly impossible to reach overachievement bonuses. Novartis is a poor parent company. Too many rules against enterprising ideas. They are afraid to make right decisions. They feel safer saying "NO".

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have been driven to get younger and easily cast aside successful, tenured people. Bringing in many unqualified people from Pharma side of business has been the worst mistake.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Paradise from the outside, dystopia from the inside

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX

I worked at Alcon as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI was a contractor, so this is what I saw from my experiences and from speaking with my non-contractor co-workers:
Excellent health care benefits and 401K matching
Great company store
Flexible hours
On-site gym and fitness classes

ConsLots of tension between management and non-management
Peter principle invoked a lot - people attain leadership through virtue of not leaving for 20 years
People promoted through favoritism rather than clear achievements or knowledge (junior people being promoted beyond senior people with no clear understanding of why)
Poor communication from management
No career path: limited number of positions at each level, and unless someone leaves, there is no opportunity for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen communication paths in a non-persecutory manner. Promote from within, rather than seeking outside candidates first.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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