Cerner Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
719 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 20 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 65 reviews)

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    Overall View On tho Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very professional, did every process accordingly. Friendly and young environment allowing ease of conversation. A few campuses dedicated to this company as well. The company seems to value smart team players, I feel it is more that you are a leader rather than looking for a leader to have your answers figured out.

    Cons

    They take time to interview each candidate, however it can be a complete waste of time for the candidate if not choose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Growth for the Mindless

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to develop skills early in your carrer. They accomodate college grads with 'high' paying jobs after graduation. Will pemote a lot with in. Only have to be on a team for about 18 months to get other opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor training. Team dynamics vary between groups a lot. No work life balance. Raises plateau and your work can change into something very diffrent over the course of the life in a role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cerner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great experience to start a career.

    Cons

    The company is falling behind to competitors like Epic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Collaborative Company Culture, Low Pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture, People, hard working

    Cons

    Known for Low pay when it comes to functional roles

  6.  

    Good Company to Start with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Programmer
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Programmer

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

    Pros

    Pretty good at bringing on students fresh out of school or people with a little experience and training them

    Cons

    Once you have been trained and are excelling at your job you realize you are being underpaid for what you are doing. They also work their employees very hard, and are not letting them comp extra time worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay fair wages for employees who are excelling at their jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Benefits, Support over Development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seaainal in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Seaainal in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Approachable and Helpful people
    Treated as equal despite the titles different people hold. Quick promotions and hikes if you're performing well.

    Cons

    Restricted Domain
    Limited Personal Growth in a Restricted Domain
    Lots of Documentation
    Bug Fixing
    Hierarchy/office structure unclear

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good for starter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    good for starter to rump up

    Cons

    office culture not good at all, overtime make life not good

  9.  

    Great if you're fresh out of college and in the area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's like an extension of college for those who work at Cerner right after school. The social life benefits are amazing, and Cerner provides many perks for their employees. It's a company with a vision that's going to continue to grow.

    Cons

    The demands can get unrealistic. You're evaluated on team goals and even if what you do is superlative, your teammates can get you bogged down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get enraptured with youth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Salary increased 140% over 10 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Pay
    In my experience, the majority (75%) of US software engineers get a 3% annual raise. Top 10% get 6% and top 3% get 9% raises consistently each year. Raises are merit based. Higher performance equals better pay.

    Leveling up / promotion increases pay range and can net an additionally large increase of 10+%.

     *I'm not positive but believe most early career developers in India get larger merit based raises -- ~9% rather than 3% is status quo.

    Executives get performance bonuses, stock options, etc. Early career developers do not! High performing non-exec developers can get stock options during the annual review time if they meet stringent criteria.

    2. Learning
    While Cerner has self-study and instructor led class offerings, you will learn a tremendous amount on the job and from collaboration with peers. I joined with basic knowledge of one primary software coding language. I have used more than 10 languages on various projects over time. With over 2000 engineers on staff, a lot is learned through collaboration via online forums ( think about an internal Stack Overflow website ).

    Cerner spends a tremendous amount of time coaching associates to be team leads, managers, and executives. The leadership training is first class and has frequent involvement from senior executives. Training is more advanced for US engineering than India engineering currently but improving in India.

    3. Endless projects
    After a month of settling in with training, etc - you will get a project. After three months, you will feel more comfortable with meeting expectations. At four months, you will be handed more responsibility and become aware there is a lot that you do not know. After about a year, you will become a productive associate. You will quickly find out that software projects are never 'done.' There will always be feature upgrades, repairs, and new capabilities to add. The project backlog is endless.

    tl;dr -- There is plenty of work to do. You will not be counting the hours for your shift to end due to boredom.

    4. Career opportunities
    There are a couple hundred development teams and a couple thousand developers. Just about every technology and software language you can imagine is leveraged ( desktop apps, servers, cloud, windows, linux, mobile ( apple, windows, android ), web, hardware, virtualization, big data, automation, ruby/python/perl/java/c++/c/vb/groovy/sql/ccl/html/javascript/etc ).

    Bored, stagnant, don't like your peers? Stick out your current team for 18 months and switch to something new. Tired of development? I know several associates that started out as software developers and transitioned into system engineer, consulting, sales, client managers, support, or management roles. Want to repot? With clients all over the US and in several other countries, you can relocate to different offices. This is particularly true if you speak fluent Spanish or French. Most development is done in KC but engineering types skills are needed everywhere.

    Cons

    A pro for clients and stakeholders is a con for associates. Like ALL profitable companies, you are paid for results rather than effort. While most developers average 45 hours per week over the course of a year, there will be times you must work considerable more.

    Cerner will not 'require' you to work extra hours but you may struggle with life/work balance as an individual. Honestly, you can work 24 hours a day and never 'finish' the project backlog. This means you must have the self-discipline to shut-down for the day at a time that works for you. However, Cerner takes the balance consideration seriously. Managers typically monitor for excessive work hours and will hound you to take vacation, give you help via capacity, or provide comp time.

    Most early career associates aspire to make more money fast. To get better raises, you have to outperform peers with similar experience. Few associates can notably produce more results in the same time as their peers. As result, some ambitious associates choose to work more until their experience improves to the point they can work 'smarter' to generate higher productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Give bonus incentives to all associates that align with executive incentives to accomplish top imperatives.
    2. Keep performing one on one discussions to stay in sync and help associates overcome obstacles.
    3. Consider having managers work as coaches only rather than player/coach. A manager that is 'playing' individual contributor cannot 'coach' and enable his or her associates with great efficiency or effectiveness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work Hard, gain valuable experience.

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to begin a career.

    Cons

    Lack of veteran seasoned management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on talent retention, especially moving people out of support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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