Cerner Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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  1. Tableau Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    very nice management for every aspect

    Cons

    nothing to complain about the company

  2. Helpful (1)

    forced due to outsourcing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    stable well known company. growth and travel opportunity. World Wide. Good clinical EMR products. . Fast paced working environment

    Cons

    Lousy health insurance program. Poor wages. Family work life balance does not exist. Not what you know but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    When you blindside staff with these "acquisitions" realize that we are people and we feel like we are slaves who were just sold to a new owner.

  3. Learning consultant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great company to start with. If you want to travel you are able to travel a lot! Great flexibility to move throughout the company,

    Cons

    Large corporate feel, work you pretty hard, long hours some weeks,

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend working on keeping associates who are dedicated and committed to cerner happy and you should want to keep them there because they are experienced.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Work very hard, play very little.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - The company is pretty innovative compared to some other IT companies.
    - Because of the very diverse collection of technologies Cerner develops, you can stay at the same company and still branch out to learn new technologies.
    -Decent starting pay
    - Work on solutions that make a real difference in patient and clinician's lives.

    Cons

    - A lot of rigid auditing processes/rules that change frequently.
    - Over work (around deadlines, my team would work over 60 hours a week). When deadlines weren't close, about 48 hours a week.
    - On call rotation. If the solution you are developing for is important/popular enough, you will have to be on call. This means you can be woken up in the middle of the night to address an issue they are having on a client site.

    A lot of your success will be determined by which team you get joined up with. Some teams have poor management and thus it is hard to advance. If you are unfortunate enough to get such a team, wait 18 months and then join another one. Be sure to do research the team (team members and solution) to make sure it is a good fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    Although it is a medical IT company and has to follow tough auditing procedures, try to keep your developers away from it as much as possible. Remember, Cerner is a medical IT company. Clients are not buying a collection of closed JIRAs, they are buying what they represent(the enhancements and bug fixes). The more you keep developers away from developing software, the longer away the release date will be (and possibly poorer quality too).

  6. Helpful (1)

    Ok to work for this place

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant

    I worked at Cerner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people overall work there company acquisition helped add number of workers as well as increase overall performance

    Cons

    Bad management as acquisitions increased so did number of layoffs affecting many plus failure on retention of loyalty

    Advice to Management

    Trust the employees train and retain smart people who have shown supplied loaylty and implemented years worth of positivity overall

  7. Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best companies in healthcare industry

    Cons

    Much of maintenance work..
    Not very good for freshers

  8. Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for overall. Great Benefits. Lots to learn.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower side of industry standard.

  9. Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good and Exciting work happens here

    Cons

    The pay is very less and it can be more

  10. Helpful (9)

    Not bad for a job out of college, but ultimately unsatisfying compared to other tech jobs

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    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cerner hires a ton of people fresh out of college and compensates them fairly well for a Midwestern city. Their internship program is great- they pay you a decent hourly wage and provide you free housing in a trendy part of the city.

    The engineering campus has a casual dress code and I've found the environment to overall be very laid back. Managers and subordinates usually get along well with a decent amount of water-cooler banter and team interaction. From my experience and that of friends at the company, micromanagement is rare and bosses generally give you leeway to complete projects as you see fit.

    Your experience at Cerner varies greatly based on your team. Unfortunately that is true for many tech companies. On my team, people work 40-45hrs/week, with the exception of the occasional hard deadline. I've heard horror stories about teams that require 60+hrs/week every week (not really legal, but oh well it happens). But Cerner is trying to cut down on that, especially due to the crazy turnover it creates (average employment is <2 years here).

    The company is growing quickly, so if you stick around for a while (and the growth continues), you should expect to find yourself in a management role at some point.

    Also, the company has quite a reputation in town. Not sure if it matters to anyone, but saying you work at Cerner will occasionally elicit a positive response or even a corporate discount at certain stores.

    Cons

    In terms of the Midwest and the poor economy college grads face, Cerner compensation is fairly good. But in terms of the market for software engineers and the tech sector, it is really lacking. Salary & bonus appears good when you start, but raises seem to be minuscule and not really correlated to performance (look up Stack Rank for more info). Stock options are virtually nonexistent- there is a stock purchase program which involves giving up part of your salary in exchange for stock on a regular basis... no thanks. 401k match is not that great. Health & dental plans are good, but the company-run free clinics (a much touted corporate perk) are overcrowded and it may take weeks to see a doctor if you go there.

    As I said before, the average length of employment is <2 years. There is a massive amount of brain drain and important engineers are hardly ever paid what they're worth, so they leave.

    Many teams still use some really outdated development methods and Agile has not been implemented well. Not to mention really dated legacy code (CCL) that nobody wants to work with. In terms of outdated processes, prepare for design documents and lots of otherwise pointless paperwork that you have to cut through to make the simplest of changes.

    Prepare for hostility if you have to reach across teams for help with a project. Your team usually has your back, but if you have to start asking random people for help (even if they're the designated point of contact for a piece of code), they might make things difficult for you. This seems common in the corporate world, but it is really awful to deal with.

    Cerner's CEO is famous for his hostility to employees and crack-the-whip persona (look up Cerner Pizza Email). Now his legacy includes mandatory timesheets and a company-wide unwritten 48hr/week minimum work commitment. I've been told that this rule isn't enforced anymore, but I've also heard that you won't get promotions unless you follow it. Things like this just breed resentment and decrease morale among employees.

    The software engineer training program is terrible! It's basically a weed-out recruiting process for new employees, even after you've signed an employment contract and expect to be working there at least 2 years. Mentors vary from good to horrible, and getting stuck on a bad project with a bad mentor can mean the difference between early graduation so you can join a real team and being fired.

    Mentorship when you start out is so-so, but it kind of varies by team. It seems like some team managers are very hands-on, helping out newbies on a one-on-one basis, whereas some teams take a sink-or-swim mentality. You may find yourself figuring a lot of things or your own or hopefully getting a sympathetic engineer to walk you through everything.

    And finally, a small gripe, but there is a pre-employment drug screen and they threaten random drug tests in the agreement you sign (although I've never heard of that happening). It would be understandable for a medical professional perhaps, but it is a little bit strange for software engineers, considering that marijuana is legal in a neighboring state and this is a software company.

    Advice to Management

    - Boost compensation! Profits are at an all-time high, there's no question that this is a commitment that needs to be made. Product quality suffers with such high turnover. Higher salaries and real stock options would go a long way.
    - Address culture problems. Sometimes teams are a little too protective of their code and unwilling to work with others when it is required. This friction slows everything down.
    - Nix the software engineer training program! If you are trying to weed out bad engineers, you should firstly improve your recruiting methods.
    - Get rid of mandatory minimum time commitments and stop treating your engineers like children. Forcing people to sit at their desk an extra hour or two a day doesn't result in better software.

  11. Helpful (8)

    2 years and bust

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    easy transition from college. I'm not really a big fan of kansas city, so Pros isn't my favorite category to fill out. . . .

    Cons

    Not a good place to be long-term though. Too many mid-westerners that couldn't get jobs at others companies if they tried. . . .

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on achievement and not based on who's been there the longest. The worst people are the ones who don't leave. They stay the longest and therefore get promoted. You need to clean house a bit.

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