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74. Alcon Laboratories
Alcon Laboratories
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 74 (Previous rank: 60)
What makes it so great?
Employees hope the sale of a majority stake to Novartis won't uproot eye-care company's "Texas friendly" culture or generous retirement plan (every dollar contributed is matched with $2.40 from the company).
Headquarters: 6201 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76134
2007 revenue ($ millions): 5,599
Website: www.alcon.com
U.S. employees 7,160
Employees outside U.S. 7,504
New jobs (1 year) 315
% job growth (1 year) 5%
% voluntary turnover 3%
Applicants 78,227
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) less than 50
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Sales Representative
Most common job (hourly):
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program No
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 28%
% women 48%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 210
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 191
From the February 2, 2009 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2007 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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