Cerner

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Cerner Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.3 620 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

(388 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important)(in 17 reviews)

  • Great place to start a carrier and build your resume(in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all(in 63 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours,(in 58 reviews)

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    Limited Exposure Decent work culture

    Senior Test Analyst (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsFlexible timings.
    Decent hikes.
    Well structured Organisation.

    ConsExposure is very bad. Apart from the product knowledge you don't get a chance to learn anything.
    Very slow Career growth.
    Bad canteen and Transportation facilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue associates more!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Prosgood place to learn ,good work culture,salary good

    Conswork from option is not given at your choice, u need to provide genuine reasons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    False Advertising, both to prospective employees as well as clients

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsGreat health insurance, onsite clinics are very convenient
    casual dress

    Conswork life balance is almost non-existent
    pay not as comparable to other similar companies
    lack of integrity when dealing with clients. It's all oversell and under deliver, leaving clients unsatisfied and damaging trusted relationships
    Highly stressful environment
    unwritten rules and hierarchy that you learn the hard way
    disorganized
    very high turnover... hire out of college work you to death for two years and then bring in the next batch
    Maybe the top 5% of associates rise to the top, and when they do they rise quickly. Everyone else slaves away hoping for recognition and promotion but it's rarely attained no matter how many years put in.
    Every team is understaffed, each person handling way more than one person can manage effectively and not getting paid to reflect the workload. This causes disorganization and sloppy half-complete outputs. I feel like Cerner is always scrambling to clean up the messes they are always making instead of setting realistic client and project expectations and then delivering quality results.

    Advice to Senior Managementslow down, the company is growing too fast and there is widespread lack of control, consistency, discontent and organization. Lower your turnover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay place to start, terrible place to finish...

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you don't want to work hard, they don't seem to care (people constantly missing deadlines for 18+ months and no corrective actions taken)
    You can get some decent experience
    Flexible work hours outside of "crunch time"

    ConsIf you do work hard, they don't seem to care
    It's a revolving door, more people have left the company than are currently working there
    Health insurance costs a ridiculous amount when you include the enormous deductible
    Management in some orgs will lie directly to your face to "motivate" you to work hard and meet deadlines
    They'll hire a bunch of nearly useless contractors for 3x the normal salary of a developer, the contractors will then drag the entire team down with their terrible code, and then when it comes time for a raise the developers that actually contributed to success will be left high and dry
    Compensation is a complete joke once you have 5+ years of experience
    They would rather replace talented and experienced engineers with someone that costs less money and takes 3 times as long to implement anything

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are not robots. If you want to keep talented and hard working people, you should probably consider paying them more than peanuts to work those 70 hour "crunch time" weeks. If someone can walk out the door and immediately get a 35% or higher raise at another company in an area with comparable cost of living then you're doing something wrong.

    The only reason I can find that any developer stays at Cerner longer than 5 years is because they're either too lazy to look anywhere else, or no one else will hire them. The architects and future leaders of Cerner are just lazy and/or incompetent engineers (in most cases, there are rare exceptions).

    Get rid of dead weight. If everything a developer does causes the rest of the team to lose time fixing it, he/she needs to go elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Learning Consulting is the job from hell

    Learning Consultant (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsCerner has a lot of good stuff to offer, like the gym and clinic and volunteer outings. Most employees in the company overall seem to be very happy. The company has a good mission and a bright future

    ConsIn my department, you will NEVER be around to enjoy any of the perks because you travel 150% of the time. No one is ever satisfied with how hard you are working, and you are constantly set up to fail. Everyone I know is counting the seconds until they can leave the organization or Cerner in general

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat us like the delivery consultants. We are sick of being slaves.

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    Consulting Sweat shop

    Systems Architect (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsYou are empowered to fix problems that you discover. There is a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience acquisition. Very fast pasted environment.

    ConsNo one in management truly respects you as a person. You are truly only a resource to the overlords. The Cerner Staffing model is one that plans for extremely high turn over, and they do not give raises based on value added.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVisibility, opportunity to learn and make design level decisions

    ConsI don't really see many cons. One thing I would say is the filtering process after recruiting. Some good ones are let go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do something regarding the DevAcademy structure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Lots of room for advancement, lots of hours

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay, benefits, high achieving co-workers

    ConsMany hours, sometimes unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to keep employees that exceed expectations arond

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    A daily challenge!

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Kansas City, KS (US)

    ProsWorking at Cerner can be an exhilarating experience, there is a lot to learn and to do on a daily basis which provides the challenge that makes one's work exciting.

    ConsGet ready to give your all and to put aside all the other non essential activities in your life. They work you hard and are constants on your case for results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great career!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation and mission are both great.

    ConsGrowth leads to a numbers game at times.

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