Cerner

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Cerner Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
795 Reviews
3.5
795 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 21 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance for the benefit of associate wellness needs addressed from top/down (in 75 reviews)

  • Long hours, some employees fresh out of college and need guidance in corporate settings (in 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ok to start with

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company to start with
    good health benefits
    good people

    Cons

    Pay scale is very low.
    KC is boring

    Recommends
  2.  

    Business Analyst in Kansas City

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great career starting position for new grads

    Cons

    Too much corporate influence in work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on direct hiring rather than the training programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Entry-level positions based on "business need" means you may not get the experience you want.

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of entry level opportunities, especially if you are willing to travel 80% or more.

    Cons

    Expectation and culture of working long hours... Lots of people online working at night, even if it's not needed.
    My team had a metric of logging AT LEAST 45 hrs per week and if you didn't meet it you were docked in your performance review. So everyone logged ridiculous numbers, true or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan your growth better, don't dump heaps of work onto new people and give new managers smaller teams.

    The lottery system of assigning new hires puts people working outside of their skills and preferences. If I had wanted to do technical work I would have obtained a technical degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technology hodge-podge

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Lots of different technologies - many opportunities to learn and apply them.
    Good health plan, decent benefits package.
    Lots of training (online and classroom) available.

    Cons

    Too many technologies - difficult to integrate and make them work together.
    Fragile systems - changes in one area tend to break other unrelated areas due to complexity of integration and number of layers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump older technologies - migrate more rapidly to newer frameworks for all systems.
    Improve PTO offering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Completely depends on what team you get stuck with

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

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

    Pros

    -Decent starting pay for entry level positions
    -Good benefits
    -Solid company with lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    -Teams are completely unbalanced and you may end up with no work or work that is far too much for a single person to handle.
    -Training is a joke, almost none of it is actually relevant.
    -Lots of teams are expected to put in 70-80 hours a week to keep up with the massive amounts of work
    -Have a bad habit of not telling you the truth about your job position when hiring you
    -Most in the company will see you as expendable
    -People are jerks. Seriously, almost everywhere you go the teams are run by people who are just plain rude. Not sure why but Cerner attracts those types it seems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're growing too fast and you need to pay attention to your foundations. Completely tear apart and rework your training programs, balance work loads across teams to prevent some teams from being completely overwhelmed while others have no work, and treat people like actual human beings instead of numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Application Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great coworkers, good benefits

    Cons

    Mandatory and routine overtime was imposed after my hiring. If I had known it was a regular thing with Cerner then I would have not agreed to the salary that I agreed to. They seem to have their people work a lot of free overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Consultants are low on the totem pole especially if they are third-party.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Learning Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Travel, excellent pay for the consulting job, and networking.

    Cons

    Havent found a way for third-party consultants to actually get many hours. Spent first 2 months of contact waiting at home penniless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're using consultants, make sure you give them hours that are feasible to live on. My family almost went into serious financial ruin waiting for the call that didn't come until labor day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great place for a new Grad. Good experience. Flexible benefits, good family type atmosphere - depending on where you work.

    Cons

    Gotta find the right spot - otherwise, you work HELLISH hours. The wrong spot means 55-60 hours/wk minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    1. Opportunity to learn a lot. [Specifically good working environment and experience for fresh college hires]
    2. Fun and encouraging work environment.
    3. Strong leadership with a vision.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to my mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place for new graduate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    1. Good place for new graduate. Learn the standard, process and tools of industry.
    2. Colleagues are friendly and helpful, easy to work with, some of them are talented.
    3. Working environment and culture is good, at least my team is good. But it is really a team based experience. There are people complaining about their team.
    4. The company is continue growing in a good and steady pace which leads to good job security.

    Cons

    1. Benefits and perks are poor. As a health care IT company, the health insurance should be much better than current.
    2. Compensation in general is low even compared to Sprint in the same area.
    3. Career opportunities is kind of limited. They have unwritten policy about how many years you've to work for each level promotion unless you are really exceptional talented!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pump the compensation in general, provide more opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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