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Des Plaines, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1985
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson
Novartis keeps an eye on CIBA VISION, its eye care unit. CIBA VISION researches, develops, and makes contact lenses and lens care products. Its contact lens brands include Air Optix, Dailies, and FreshLook (a leader in the color contact lens market), and its lens care brands ... Read more

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    Former Employee - Manager in Johns Creek, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Johns Creek, GA
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    I worked at CIBA Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Being owned by a large pharma company can be a real plus from that perspective.

    I worked with some great people.

    Pre-Alcon, managers had a lot of independence. There was freedom and support to drive to results.

    Cons

    Pharma companies breed bureaucracy, and Novartis is no exception.

    Pushing Ciba into Alcon did not go well. Even though Ciba Vision had a lot more insight into how Novartis worked, Alcon didn't care.

    Work life balance was not the best.

    Very quarterly results driven. Have a bad quarter (or worse, a bad year), and layoffs were virtually automatic, no matter workload or contribution.

    Advice to Management

    For Novartis, consider spinning Alcon off.

    For Alcon, remember that Texas is not the center of the universe.

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CIBA Vision Interviews

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Duluth, GA
    Declined Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at CIBA Vision (Duluth, GA).

    Interview

    Submit resume -> manager reviewed -> scheduled phone interview -> onsite interview -> get offer. Negotiate the offer with HR but get declined, very tough to handle on the offer parts. decline offer in the end.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your most difficult project, how did you solve it.   1 Answer
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CIBA Vision Awards & Accolades

  • Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
  • 50 Best Large Workplaces in Europe, Great Place to Work Institute Europe, 2009
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