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    Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Culture is awesome, very flexible

    Cons

    Need much better leaders

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a good place to get experience, but expect to work a lot of late nights.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    I think its good place to work for if you are coming straight out of college. I would recommend working here a few years to gain experience and then move on. I feel like a learned a lot working for this company. Management can be good if you land on the right team.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. I work a lot of late nights and weekends. They lose a lot of talented people because they don't want to pay them fairly for the extra amount of work that they do. Most of the documentation there is horrible. Work plans are always missing steps or outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people fairly for the work they do and they might stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    SDE

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Get to work on the latest open source technologies

    Cons

    Management is a little unorganized

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

    Job security but little satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -job security, once you are hired you are there to stay.
    -gym on campus with great classes and instructors
    -if your manager supports you, lots of training opportunities online, in person, and at conferences

    Cons

    -"business need" trumps all. People are transferred to new jobs (to new locations 20 miles away) with only a day of notice. regardless of what job you're hired for, you will be assigned somewhere based on what they need that particular day.The experience very much depends on what team you're on. Some teams were very satisfied with job quality, while others really suffered from lack of leadership
    -long hours are required, regardless of quality of work. Management would rather see you work 60 hours a week and be unproductive than 40 hours and get stuff done. Leadership rewarded us for a summer of 80 hour weeks with $5 gift cards
    - managers are promoted based on tenure alone, and not by quality. as a result, several of the managers I had weren't qualified for the role, which impacted my job satisfaction.
    - limited opportunities for career advancement. strict 18 month no-transfer policy, and even then, hiring/transfer freezes left you in your role for as long as they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows that between KU, K-State, and Mizzou, they can get an endless flow of new grads. But that's not an excuse to treat people without respect and consideration to a work-life balance or career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to start your career

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    - Good learning opportunities for new grads and junior levels.
    - The pay is decent for Kansas City area.

    Cons

    - Nobody and nobody cares about you as a person. You are simply a body that can get some work done.
    - Cerner highly promotes keeping employees for long term but has opposite policies and work culture in place.
    - Getting "accepted" into the team or company culture is a major issue. People are too reserved and very narrow minded.
    - A lot of people drink the "Cerner kool-aid" and believe in the hype but reality couldn't be further away.
    - Changing teams is easier said than done. As is the case with other things Cerner, this is highly promoted as benefit but very difficult to exercise.
    - BONUS: There's an unsaid 20% overtime rule. Basically, you are *required* to submit 48 hours of timesheet each week. It doesn't matter if you actually have work or not, just make things up or pace it slow but be there for at least 48 hours a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Your employees are not simply a resource that you can simply replace by another. The culture that you have is definitely not sustainable on a long term.
    - There's a reason Epic still is considered as a better company than Cerner, despite its size.
    - Just doing a beer Friday once a month isn't "cool". Transperancy and communication with your lowest level of employees is far more important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Wait your turn

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    The first two years are mostly about proving yourself to get a level jump. Once you hit an initial level movement will be easy.

    Cons

    Very strict 18 month wait policy before transferring teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Churn and Burn

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

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

    Pros

    Stable and growing company, good experience for a resume, good benefits, range of opportunities, good place for college grads to get experience

    Cons

    Cerner is operated by-the-rule-book and is corporate to the extreme. Your promotions, salary, and raises are severely limited and dictated by a specific HR rule structure, resulting in very minimal raises and often poor pay. Being such a large company, you are truly just a number and treated as replaceable. Most employees only gain respect and long-term benefits after being at the company for 10+ years. Moving up this tall ladder is political and a very slow process, based on the structure and corporate BS. It has a high turnover rate and a strong (and true) reputation for being a company that works you hard and underpays. Their tremendous growth and revenue is not spread amongst the hard-working employees. Obviously, your day-to-day experience varies based on your manager and division, since it is so large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice on Glassdoor will never reach the powers-to-be, who are motivated by their own interests and gains.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst in Kansas City

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    • 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 a 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
  10.  

    It's okay ... not great ... not horrible ... just okay.

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunities to learn, and health benefits are okay especially if you are able to go to their world headquarters with their doctor's office in-house.

    Cons

    So much red tape to get basic equipment you need for your job. On that same note, they have horrible internal IT for their employees. I have been in my career for over 15 years and never have I had to wait months upon months for basic equipment that I've had at every other company on day 1 for someone in my position. Also, when I have had a problem with my equipment I've had to troubleshoot it myself as again their IT is of no help. This is what will hinder productivity.

    Benefits are not great ... a few paid holidays (the major standard ones), minimum standard vacation you get at most companies, a few paid sick days. 401K is less than a 2% match and it's a 5 year wait to be vested. I've had better and I've had worse.

    Work/Life Balance so far is okay, not great, but okay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd be a lot happier if I didn't have to deal with so many equipment issues that are basic at every other place of employment I've had. Also, working with their internal IT department has been a horrible experience. Cut the red tape. Beyond that, so far I think management has been alright.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 a 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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