Cerner

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Cerner Reviews

Updated 25 January, 2015
Updated 25 January, 2015
796 Reviews
3.5
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
Neal L. Patterson
499 Ratings

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.  

    Get in and out while you can

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to get hired (they hire in anticipation of business needs)
    Healthcare IT is a good industry
    Benefits are OK
    Relaxed environment. Most managers are OK with arriving later/leaving early to handle personal matters.

    Cons

    Salary is mediocre and raises are hit/miss (first year over 10%, second 3%).
    Job titles are catchalls and not indicative of the work you'll do, such as software engineers doing mostly non-development work.
    Many people are shoehorned into a position based on need, resulting in uninteresting work
    Limited career potential
    Inconsistent managers. There have been periods of weeks where it was unclear what I was to be working on.
    Little employee recognition and perks. They know this and have made attempts to improve but they are laughable.
    Lack of strategic vision
    Few opportunities for training or learning
    After the first year you'll be ready to move on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign job titles appropriately. Establish a vision and stop the fragmentation of the company's different organizations - there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Value & reward employees. Hire actual managers instead of just allowing tech people to transition into them. Employees aren't sticking around for a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't believe the hype

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Lots of interaction with higher level executives
    Associates are fantastic
    Time off
    Onsite clinic and gym

    Cons

    No personal growth- if you are not a favorite you do not advance
    Leadership does not always discuss changes with you
    Low pay
    High deductible for insurance
    Annual reviews are done on a scale, someone has to be labeled as "needs improvement"
    Everything is perception, and there is a lot of faking
    No room for mistakes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have faith in your team, and do not have favorites. Favoritism shows, and it makes others on your team feel the work they do does not matter. Pay your employees what they should be paid. A 3% increase doesn't do anything but up someones tax bracket for an extra $40.00 a paycheck. Cerner hires young fresh out of college individuals, and takes advantage of their optimism and hope to advance, a lot of empty promises. Do not believe the hype!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overworked

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

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

    Pros

    There is a gym onsite, when you absolutely must, you can work from home, some teams are more flexible than others

    Cons

    48 hr a week minimum expectation, not family friendly, best for a fresh out of college familyless person

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer alternate work schedules, make it more family friendly and your employees will stay instead of leaving when they reach that milestone in life. When AMS has experienced people, it will provide the besr service. It takes 2 yrs to really know how to do your job and that's when people are usually leaving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Changing all the time but a decent organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lakeland, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lakeland, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    strong culture, variety of work, fantastic coworkers who believe in the mission

    Cons

    As of 1/1/15, will be part of Xerox Services; change is constant and the communication process is painfully flawed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve communication as Xerox Company to retain quality employees

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

    Have reviews with your employees and give feed back. No personal growth development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Center Analyst in Naples, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Service Center Analyst in Naples, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    It was great working with the clients at the IT Works site. Job Security

    Cons

    Upper management was terrible at my particular job site. There was no feed back and a lot of behind your back discussion going on. People were never forward with each other like they need to be to promote development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Grueling amount of work, but a great place to gain experience.

    • 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

    Pros

    Brilliant group of young professionals from all over the globe.
    Relaxed dress code.
    Top quality engineering workstations.
    Excellent cafeteria.

    Cons

    The management used psychological games to make employees compete against each other to keep their jobs. My team was told in a meeting, that upper management was not happy with the team, and that at least one person would be getting fired during the next review, all of which turned out to be lies told to make everyone work harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't have to be like that in order to make money, even some of you managers would be much better off working for a company that values the employees work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An amazing place to work if you're lucky

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Great place to develop skills and learn. If you are on a good team, you will love it and have a career for life.

    Cons

    If you end up on a bad team, it will be rough and you will hate your life! You end up having to work extremely hard because of the ecosystem of the company and naturally will be over worked if you want to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to engage with employees and be more involved with their career development. Need to gauge employee workload better to prevent workers from getting burnt out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company if willing to stare at computer all day

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and there is often travel

    Cons

    The work can be monotonous and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more focus on turnover/retention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You will get bored of fixing defects and small enhancements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    The salary is good and timing is flexible

    Cons

    Most of the leaders are not deserving. Also, company works on old technologies. Domain and applications are very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can improve on applications and hiring good architects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stressful, but company is growing

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

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

    Pros

    stable work environment because they are a growing company

    Cons

    stressful, hard for growth
    work, life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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