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  • I worked with some great people (in 3 reviews)

  • Pre-Alcon, managers had a lot of independence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Johns Creek, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Johns Creek, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. "Key Accounts Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    My job ending due to the merger with Alcon.

  3. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and good company

    Cons

    Nothing that bad to say


  4. "Color lenses produser."

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    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Electrician in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Maintenance Electrician in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CIBA Vision (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High tech company with an excellent product.

    Cons

    Moved overseas and all employee lost a job.


  5. "Good place for retirement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation, casual office hours

    Cons

    Too much politics, the team people doesn't really get well together.

    Advice to Management

    less politics please


  6. "Quality Assurance"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CIBA Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse atmosphere ,great benefits,good overall company to work for,fair to all employees, concerned with their employees.

    Cons

    12 hr work shift,open 24/7,

    Advice to Management

    please learn to listen to the employees, they know what's going on because they are hands on!!!!!!


  7. "Tense"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CIBA Vision full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers, friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Tense environment overall. At personal level everyone was great, but deep divide when viewed as management vs union.

    Advice to Management

    Address the issues

  8. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CIBA Vision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, high technology, great work/life balance, great culture.

    Cons

    Acquired by Alcon which took away from the entrepreneurial spirit of Ciba vision


  9. "Great way to experience biomaterial research through chemical R&D"

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    Former Employee - Biomaterials Research Coop in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Biomaterials Research Coop in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CIBA Vision full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Certain managers are great people. Fantastic way to build your resume. Working with people that recognize what talents you have and then capitalizing on those talents is great. I learned a lot about multitasking as well as chemistry best practices.

    Cons

    Some stagnation in enthusiasm persistent across the company. I saw many great people leave the company with the merge with Alcon. It is important to remember each individual reaches a point where they cannot proceed up the ladder. Upward mobility was limited and thus many people had to leave the company.


  10. "It was a great place to work. They always put your best interest above all else."

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CIBA Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's like working with family. I was promoted within the company quite often . This company rewards hard work.

    Cons

    It was a twelve hour shift, so sometimes it was really challenging to be away from your family so much.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should have kept your headquarters in illinois, it was not very nice to have to start over.


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