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Alcon Overview

Fort Worth, TX
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more ... Read more

Mission: We aspire to lead the world in innovating life-changing vision and eye care products because when people see brilliantly, they live brilliantly.

Company Updates


  • Alcon debuts as independent, publicly traded company
    #TheNewAlcon #SeeBrilliantly

    Alcon Debuts as Independent, Publicly Traded Company

    Geneva, April 9, 2019 - Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, today announced its debut as an independent, publicly traded company and the completion of its separation from Novartis. The company's shares begin trading today on the SIX Swiss Exchange and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "ALC."

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Alcon – Why Work For Us?

At Alcon, 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.

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.

Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better. 


Our Vision
We aspire to lead the world in innovating life-changing vision and eye care products because when people see brilliantly, they live brilliantly.


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.


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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    Current Employee - Technician in Sinking Spring, PA
    Current Employee - Technician in Sinking Spring, PA
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    I have been working at Alcon full-time (More than 3 years)


    Good place to work. great benefits. available overtime. lots of training available.


    same as any manufacturing job.

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Alcon Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Alcon (Houston, TX) in August 2017.


    Interview process was first a phone screen with an internal recruiter, then a face-to-face with the manager, then a ride day with a rep, then a group meeting with both the manager and his boss and then another face-to- face with the manager and another rep. In between that was multiple conversations with other reps in the district and a personality test.

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Alcon Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
  • 100 Best Companies for Minorities, Fortune, 2009
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2008
  • 100 Best Companies for Minorities, Fortune, 2008
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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