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Alcon Labs

Manufacturer of eye care products.

U.S. Headquarters:
6201 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76134
Employees: 22,000
Head: Kevin Buehler
Division of Novartis

Website: http://www.alcon.com

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The strengths of Alcon, CIBA VISION and Novartis Ophthalmics unite into one eye care business with Alcon becoming the second largest division of Novartis. Alcon develops, manufactures, and distributes hundreds of eye care products in more than 180 countries and operations in 75 countries.

Alcon's core business is centered on three key divisions ­ Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Consumer Vision Care.

Alcon offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of ophthalmic surgical products, enabling surgeons to achieve optimal results for their patients. As the worldwide leader in ophthalmic surgical products, Alcon occupies the premier position in surgical suites across the globe and manufactures and markets products for all ocular surgical procedures. As the developer and manufacturer of the worlds' most preferred line of intraocular lenses, AcrySof, which is implanted globally in more than 50 million lenses, Alcon is redefining vision for the aging population.

Alcon continues to build its position as the worldwide leader in pharmaceuticals for the eye by continuing to advance treatments for diseases such as glaucoma, infection and allergy, while also expanding focus into relatively unknown areas such as, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other sight-threatening diseases. Alcon's intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering TRAVATAN Z Solution is changing the treatment of glaucoma, still a leading cause of blindness today.

Consumer Vision Care
In addition to Alcon’s leadership role in surgical and pharmaceutical eye care, the company is now one of the largest manufacturers of contact lenses and lens care products in the world due to the integration of CIBA VISION into Alcon. The three leading brands of contact lenses from CIBA VISION include AIR OPTIX, DAILIES and FreshLook. These lenses are complemented by Alcon´s leading lens care brands such as OPTI-FREE and Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution from CIBA VISION.

Alcon offices are located in 75 countries around the world in regions including Canada and the Far East; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and the United States.

Alcon has 2,000 associates devoted to research and development.

In 2010, Alcon had sales of $7.2 billion and net income of $2.2 billion.

In April, Alcon completed its merger with Switzerland's Novartis and is the second-largest division of the company. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 119,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world with $50.6 billion in worldwide sales.

U.S. headquarters are in Dallas with global headquarters in Switzerland.


Founded in 1945, Alcon Laboratories, Inc. traces its roots back to two pharmacists, Robert Alexander and William Conner, who opened a small pharmacy in Fort Worth, TX, and combined the first syllables of their last names to create the name Alcon.

In March 2002, Alcon conducted a partial initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).


Health Care
- Medical Plan - several options based on location
- Dental
- Vision
- Basic and Optional Term Life
- Dependent Life
- Basic and Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment
- Business Travel Accident
- Short-Term Disability Income
- Long-Term Disability Insurance
Personal Auto and Homeowners at discounted rates
Tax-Advantaged Reimbursement Accounts
- Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account with company match
- Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Paid Time-Off (PTO) - number of days varies
- Holidays - 11 days including 4 days off during December holidays
- Other Paid Time-Off (PTO) for family deaths, jury duty, military training, etc.
Retirement Benefits
Alcon 401(k) Plan - contribute from 1 percent to 5 percent of your eligible pay with Alcon matching it dollar for dollar. Plus, company contributions will fully vest after only 5 years of service. Contribution eligibility begins the first day of employment.
Alcon Retirement Plan (ARP) - Alcon makes a 7 percent contribution on your behalf to the ARP each pay period.
Total Company combined contributions to the Alcon 401(k) and the Alcon Retirement Plan can be as much as 12%.
Retiree Benefits
- Medical Coverage
- Life Insurance Plan
- Accumulated Paid Time Off
Health & Wellness Programs
- On-site Fitness Center & recreational activities in several locations
- National fitness center discounts
- Physical Activity Incentive Program
- Health Coaching for improvement of health risks
- Weight Watchers program subsidized by Alcon
- Stop-Smoking Program subsidized by Alcon
- 24-hour Nurseline
- Nutrition programs
- Free Flu Shots
Education Programs
Alcon provides and/or assists with relevant on-site and external courses, conferences and seminars, tuition reimbursement, professional memberships, etc.
Family Programs
- Employee Assistance Program - provides assistance and support with issues such as mental health and legal problems.
- Adoption Reimbursement Program
- Long-Term Care Insurance
Other Benefits, Based on Location
- Business Casual Attire
- Employee Credit Union
- Cafeteria
- Service Awards
- Various Free Beverages
- Company Store
- Free Parking
- Auto Purchase Discounts
- Other Corporate Discounts

Updated August 31, 2011