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  1.  

    Average corporate job. Could be a lot worse, but could also be a lot better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cerner is doing really well, and continues to grow. As an engineer, your level of satisfaction will largely depend on the team you land on, but it does seem like Cerner is moving in the right direction across all teams. Cerner is really great place to learn and start your career.

    Cons

    While Cerner is doing really well and growing, I feel that Cerner is a bit stingy and could provide better benefits. Given how well Cerner is doing, the salaries are simply average at best, and could be a lot higher. Free lunches would be a great benefit as well, instead of the very expensive cafeteria food. IMO Cerner seems to not care too much about keeping employees long term since there are always plenty of available freshly graduated college students to recruit. Otherwise they would do more to help retain their talent instead of letting most people get their 2-3 years of experience and then leave for a better position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Disorganized and Management was scared of making decisions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Would be good for someone right out of college looking for experience, but would outgrow the job/company within a few years

    Cons

    Pay is poor for experienced employees. They get by on ignorant college kids before they realize they are being used and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top experienced people to stay for awhile, salary has to go way up, along with stock options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, lots of potential if you have initiative.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Augusta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Augusta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for personal growth, almost every aspect of IT represtented.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the mix of such huge company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if there was a bonus program started. It is unclear how to move forward in career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a love hate relationship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    First off, my experience here has been mostly good overall. After starting you get put into a training program (if you're a software engineer) which will last at least a month but usually longer. During this time you get to work on some interesting projects if you get lucky enough. The training environment is pretty laid back as long as you are getting work done during your training time and they offer games, trivia and tech talks on occasion to give everyone a break from the daily routine. Once you get put on a team you may get lucky and have it easy. Some teams won't make you work more than a regular work week (as long as you aren't slacking). A lot teams also have team outings which is a good way to get to know everyone you're working with. From my experience, the management treats people well and looks at them like actual people instead of cogs in a machine and I get the sense that they are genuinely concerned about the poeple they manage. The atmosphere is very nice and you get to wear casual clothes to work and sometimes they will host events for people to let loose a little and partake in some free food, and even some adult beverages. (If you like beer Wooh! Free beer!). Depending on your team you can pretty much come in anytime during the day as long as you're putting in your eight hours and you'll often see people still coming into work in the afternoon.

    Cons

    Of couse every company has a downside. Work from home seems to be frowned upon by most management throughout the company so if you like to spend time away from the office and still put in work this probably isn't the place for you. The training can be intimidating. Some people can struggle with their project as they may be using a technology they have never used before to get a job done. If you're not showing progress very quickly you can be presssured very strongly by the trainers. Some people aslo dissapeared from the training program entirely because they were very secretly fired. This will also more than likey put you in a place where you owe the company money since a majority of the people they hire are given a relocation bonus that has to be paid back if your employment is terminated or you leave within a certain time frame. These people may also already be in a new lease for a house or apartment and need to start looking for a job or be forced to leave relatively quickly. The training may or may not pertain to anything you will be working on once you get placed on a team which is honestly a waste of money for the company. On top of this, you'll have to go through more training once you get placed on a team because they usually have their own work environment that will need to be mastered early on. There are some people who work more than twelve hours a day almost immediately after being placed on a team and most I've talked to about going through training will say, after the fact, it was mostly useless. There is an 18 month no transfer policy so you can get stuck on a team you dislike for a year and a half if you're unlucky. The vacation policy isn't that great since they recently changed it. Employees used to accrue a set amount of hours which did not include any sick leave; you caould take unlimited amount as needed. Now they added 5 days to the accrual ammount but when sick you have to take time from a single pool which includes all of your vacation hours. The company also reduced the amount of hours you can cary over from year to year as well as made coming into the company with several years of experience less appealing since you will accrue time off based on the amount of service you've provided to Cerner itself not based on experience level as a whole. The company's documentation is usually not that good and it is typically found on an internal wiki which can be hard to search through. Cerner uses an internal "Social network" as well which seems mostly useless in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good leader ship and work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of growth for level 7 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on level 7 employees

  7.  

    Support Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    The company provides great benefits and many perks (many as support analyst do not get to enjoy). Most associates are friendly. Great place to make new friends.

    Cons

    Managers do not care about you at all. Most support analysts are there hoping to move to a different position after 18 months. Many of them leave before then. Most support analyst positions are call centers. They only give it an fancy name. The opportunity to grow is minimal before the 18 month, no matter how hard someone works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about everyone's career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Limited Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Lay back, co-workers are very helpful. Perk and CO discounts are great!

    Cons

    They do not provide you with the proper training to get the job done. Basically, learn by yourself. Doesn't tell what depart owns what application and if you cannot answer client's question, you would have to post it in discussion forum and wait until someone gets back w you. Long hours, it feels like you don't have a life working there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Title is all mess up. Different title but the job roles are the same. Doesn't matter what type of degree you got, they put everyone together. Needs to train manager better to answer questions about software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Strong-performing company, industry leader, constantly surpassing the competition

    Cons

    You are expected to work no less than 45 hours per week, pay is as low as they can possibly give you, raises are so low they feel like punishment. Work/life balance is not taken into consideration, and they still pay you less than you're worth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good jump start to career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work in Kansas City where the Headquarters are, it's a pretty awesome environment and they take good care of their associates with all sorts of perks you would expect from a technology employer. They encourage associates in career growth. Benefits are pretty spectacular. Training and collaboration systems are encouraged.

    Cons

    If you work at a client site, the perks enjoyed at the headquarters are non existent. Pay is less and do not meet market averages. Unless you are willing to move to another site or headquarters, career growth is limited. If you are willing to move to another client site or to headquarters, salary is not increased to match market but are "taken into consideration" in the next review. Workflows in ITIL documentation need improvement to improve productivity. Processes and procedures are not standardized across all sites. Job titles are created that do not match industry standards and sound "less important" than they actually are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    College degrees do not automatically make Associates better people. Experience does. Recognize that and listen to your associates in the trenches. Consider some of the "luxuries" and benefits provided to headquarter associates for your onsite client associates. Look at the roles and responsibilities of the associates along with their performance and show appreciation through salaries in job market averages. Reward the ones who are not seat warmers...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    pleasant work experence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good work life balance, and flexible time, good working environment.

    Cons

    everything is good to me

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