Validation Engineer II (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – June 19, 2015
Pros: Beautiful campus and friendly people
Cons: No QA oversight at the operations level
Friendly people and superior facilities. The culture respects the opinion of senior employees. In the past, job security was responsible for reducing the stress of employees, but as a consequence, the – more... company was falling behind on trends and innovations and employees were promoted without truly developing into their new roles because their experiences were limited to a single and isolated company perspective. Now that Novartis is in control, this is changing for the better. – less
Medical Safety Specialist, Medical Safety (Current Employee), Fort Worth, TX – June 12, 2015
Pros: Flexible schedule
Great experience learning medical safety protocols. You had a team to back you up but the independence to make the decisions regarding AE and Malfunctions.Continual education opportunities available. Management listened and responded to ideas and comments to improve the work culture.
Graphic Designer - Contract (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – June 9, 2015
Pros: Great equipment
Cons: Lack of benefits
I learned how to better organize files for retrieval. My production rate increased as I became more comfortable in the assignment. Accuracy was so important. I would not have lasted at Alcon a week had I not been very detail-minded. Most enjoyable part of the job was satisfaction in accomplishing my goals every day.
Quality Assurance Analyst (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – June 5, 2015
The company is under mass restructuring. In the process many of the people with working knowledge have been laid off leaving those that are left to scramble to keep up. The company is running so lean – more... that what used to be a family centered place to work with very good work life balance focus, now has people working massive amounts of overtime and two and three peoples worth of jobs for no raises or minimal raises. Those that are left are waiting for the next shoe to drop wondering who goes next. No one has bought in to the culture that they are supposedly trying to put forth because few see actions supporting the words that the company is feeding them. – less
Quality Engineer - Metrology (Former Employee), Irvine, CA – May 27, 2015
Pros: Excellent benefits package. Knowledgeable colleagues. Very good job security.
Cons: Minimal advancement for senior personnel. Newly-hired have been very inexperienced.
Alcon Research, Ltd., is a very high-quality oriented organization. It is quite safety-conscious and supports a high-degree of employee moral. The two main facilities in the Irvine, CA area each have – more... numerous amenities to include a gymnasium and a full-service cafeteria. The facilities themselves are well maintained. Vehicle parking is goo. Very good attention to workstation ergonomics is given. The most enjoyable aspect that I have found was the interaction with the numerous, intelligent, and well-educated fellow employees. There has been a very low turnover rate. Benefits have been excellent. Compensation has been quite conservative since Novartis' acquisition of Alcon; the acquisition smaller companies; and the completion of the much-needed renovation of the main facilities. The present pace in production has recently been VERY, VERY fast to meet current product demand; however, additional hiring has been QUITE minimal. This is forcing additional stress on a workforce that is already working above and beyond expectation. – less
Highly productive company with very little down time.
Specialty Advertsing Administrator (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – May 26, 2015
Pros: Pay and benefits
Cons: Highly competitive
During the many years I worked at Alcon, I saw departments dissolve, departmental mergers and other organizational changes. I was impacted as well. Middle to senior management changed about every two years. – more... This was a destabilizing to the people in various departments, although the intention was to cross-train. It is my opinion that this eventually resulted in the eventual takeover of Alcon by Novartis. Unfortunately, the company started out with divisions that were located in separate buildings throughout. This led to various culture formations that did not mix well when it came time to merge the groups in one location. With the Novartis takeover, came a series of layoffs about every two years. This company has the highest of standards and work ethic. The pay and benefits are unsurmountable, and I will always be grateful for that. Alcon is highly competitive.
The best CEOs were Ed Schollmier and Tim Sear. – less
Line leader (Former Employee), Houston, TX – May 23, 2015
• Perform quality checks on products and parts. • Rotate through all the tasks required in a particular production process. • Review work orders and blueprints to ensure work is performed according to specifications.
Quality Engineer (Current Employee), Irvine, CA – May 14, 2015
Pros: Professional, quality oriented environment.
Alcon focus on quality is second to none. Being part of a team that delivers products to improve sight and enhance one of life's greatest gifts is very rewarding work. I would recommend Alcon to anyone who wants to make a difference in the world.
Assembly Line Worker (Current Employee), Houston, TX – May 13, 2015
Pros: Work as unit, good team comradery
Cons: Short breaks
The best part and the most difficult part of working at Alcon is that you have to depend on your co-workers. What you do or what your co-workers do affects everyone on the team and it's important to jointly take responsibility.