Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd

Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd

Alcon in Ireland is a future-focused medical device company whose globally marketed products are at the forefront of eye-care technology. Alcon Ireland’s Quality system is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 13485, 21 CFR 820, Medical Device Directive 93/42/EC.

We remain committed to our mission of discovering, manufacturing and marketing products designed to save sight. The more than 13,000 members of the Alcon family across the globe share this commitment and look forward to helping mankind attain better vision in all corners of the world.


Alcon Ireland’s product is the Intraocular Lens or IOL. The IOL is the artificial lens that replaces the eye's natural lens removed during cataract surgery.


Due to a significant ramp up in production over the next 2-3 years, the Engineering group will need to grow to meet this challenge. The roles will include Process Equipment & Facility Technicians, Process Engineers, Toolmakers, Facility Engineers and Project Engineers. The process consists of a variety of technologies such as optics, electronics, mechanics, toolmaking, as well as vacuum and plasma processing. There is plenty of scope for engineers and technicians to improve and enhance skills and qualifications.


Alcon Ireland is now embarking on a major recruitment drive to fill positions in all areas. Alcon offers attractive training and remuneration packages, as well as fully funded part-time access-based learning programmes. As we expand we will continue to provide a wide range of interesting and rewarding jobs in Cork. We are fully committed to training and development programmes for employees.

Are you an experienced professional looking for a great career opportunity? Would you like to join our growing team? If so, we’ve got the job for you!

Company Benefits include:

  • Health insurance for employee and dependents
  • Annual performance based bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Free gym
  • Free car parking
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Professional Membership
  • Annual salary review
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Educational support

Cork, Ireland is home to Alcon’s European manufacturing center for AcrySof® intraocular lenses.



The Cork facility was established in 1991 and acquired by Alcon in 2000 with the acquisition of Summit Autonomous Inc., a manufacturer of laser systems for corrective eye care. In 2006, the Cork plant began manufacturing Alcon’s AcrySof® intraocular lenses (IOLs), which replace the eye’s natural lens in cataract surgery. 


Resulting primarily from aging, a cataract occurs when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy over time, which impairs vision. Cataracts cannot be prevented and are the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the world today with surgeons around the world performing more than 10 million cataract surgeries annually. Alcon’s AcrySof® IOLs are the most frequently implanted lenses worldwide, with more than 90 million implants since their introduction in the mid-1990s.


About the Cork Plant

Alcon’s Cork facility is 13,657 square meters in size and employs over 450 associates. In an environment where quality and precision are critical, Alcon employs professionals with the skills and passion to meet the expectations of our customers, as well as the regulatory bodies that govern the development and manufacturing of our eye care products.


Patients are at the center of everything we do and at the heart of our commitment to quality. The Alcon facility in Cork is certified to ISO 13485, is MDD compliant and is an FDA approved manufacturing site.

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Not a great company to work for. Work life balance is poor

Anonymous in Cork, Ireland
former employee in 2016

The Best Bits

The Location is central to Cork City and it was always easy to get parking

Things to improve

Work life balance was poor. Management would expect employees to come in on most Saturdays in order to meet deliverables they set. This can get annoying over time


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Great place

Anonymous in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland
former employee in 2016

The Best Bits

I liked working here because of the people and of course the work hours were great, it is a fantastic place to work most office staff and other staff were very friendly

Things to improve

Nothing really just the way those contract workers are laid off after a certain amount of time isn’t great confidence for people


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Great to work for , wouldn’t have left if I didn’t have too

Anonymous in Inchigaggin, Model Farm Road, County Cork, Ireland
former employee in 2018

The Best Bits

Loved working with the people, some of the office staff are fantastic and would always make time for you unlike others , loved working here

Things to improve

I feel they should take more care of there agency staff and confront them when contracts are up but other than that it’s a good place to work


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