Cerner
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www.cerner.com Kansas City, MO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    One of the worst places I've ever worked

    Solutions Architect (Current Employee)

    ProsEasy to get a job

    ConsThere is really nothing good to say about this company. The executives are inept, people are promoted by who they know not by the quality of their work, huge turnover, no support from team leads or managers, no room for individual thinking, no time for eating, sleeping or having any kind of a life outside of work. 48 hour minimum work week to get a "satisfactory" review, minimal raises, no raise with advancement - you get a "promotion" and then have to prove yourself in the role for a year and then you might get paid for your work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about and invest in your current employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cerner Technology Services has went to hell since the reorg.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood health insurance, lost of brilliant and talented engineers

    ConsLong long hours are expected, night and evening work is regular and you still have to be in at 8 am the next day. The regions split in infrastructure is a nightmare. A few of the new execs came from Cerner works and run their teams like a master would run a slave ship. No room for error. Many are fired for simple mistakes. Not nearly enough engineers to cover the backlog of work. Server reclamation status alone is around 8 months behind schedule. Most good associates leave after 6 months to a year

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house in the NA region. Leasdership is inept.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you're not a brown nosing suck up, you'll go nowhere.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsRather not share any pros. The cons FAR outweigh the pros.

    ConsVery cult like, kool aid drinking company. It's the most pretentious atmosphere you could imagine. If you have self respect avoid working here. Everyone acts like the CEO is a brilliant, powerful, moving man. In all reality, he's a socially awkward jerk who had a good idea with two other people. If you don't constantly call attention to yourself, your work will not be recognized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize your employees. Just because someone doesn't brag about the work they do, doesn't mean they don't do good work. Stop being so pretentious.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not plan on anything

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsShort training for the needs of the company at the time.
    Do what you are told do not think or speak other than what you are told to, you will do ok
    As long as you are 30 or younger you will do ok

    ConsNever learn from the past
    Will make the same plans ( if they worked or not) again in a 3 to 5 year time span
    When looking at some one to hire will look at age first
    I could go on but that should be enough to make you think again

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing would help. they would and will not learn

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biggest mistake of my career...

    Finance Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    North Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood pay, decent benefits. If you do decide to work at this place, make sure you ask for top-dollar. They will pay it.

    ConsHorrid work/life balance. Very unprofessional and inexperienced management. Very antiquated processes. Bizzare "Banding" process and evaluation based on overtime hours, not end results. Way to many chiefs and not enough indians. I was looking for the door after 6 weeks and I was a Sr. Manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to new hires. Stop promoting unqualified people to exec positions and then ignoring what they do...they will kill your company in the long-run. When this company is bought-out by MSoft, Oracle, or some foreign entity, the company will be gutted and most management will be replaced by real professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood benefits. health clinic on site. fitness center on site. Medical software is booming right now so the market is very big.

    ConsVery slow development process. Teams do not cooperate. Low salaries. Salary growth is very slow. So-called "Cerner culture" is something that always pissed me off. Not too many smart people around. Those who are smart, they don't talk/interact with "others". often your career depends on who you know and who is your friend (that's how you can move in a good team and get a cool project or even travel somewhere nice, like Dubai, or France...)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible company to work for

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsI guess the compensation is decent, although there's no pay for overtime.

    ConsLong hours, a 60 hour work week is not uncommon to finish a project
    Upper management that doesn't care about employees and only its bottom line
    Clunky and slow health information software that is far behind the competition

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer - Client Support (SWx)

    Software Engineer - Client Support (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsAverage starting salary, good benefits such as 2 weeks vacation, medical/dental/vision insurance. I never heard of anyone getting laid off by the company although some people say employees just disappear. However, I did see that if you don't do well for some reason, they demote you. For example, I saw Software engineers being demoted to analysts and Team leads to regular engineers/analysts. This may be good if you really want to keep your job but a demotion will hurt you in your career.

    ConsCerner is a company that hires primarily recent grads and has a high turnover. In my point of view, the reason for this is because the company does not take good care of its employees. I felt like a number when I worked there. They can afford to not care about their employees because if one leaves, 3 recent grads are ready to take the job. Working for Cerner is somewhat like a sweatshop. Do not expect a good salary increase or praise from anybody for doing your job. However, if you slack off, management will be quick in pointing that out. When I left, I did not get a formal HR exit interview which goes to show you employees are a number to the company. They did ask for all items lent out to you back such as the laptop and monitor. After that, nobody talks to you. Only take their offer if you don't get other offers. This is not a company you want to make a future out of. As an engineer, you will be doing primarily the work of an analyst because the real engineering stuff is in innovations where they design the software or in India.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. They are actually people. I guess as long as hospitals keep paying the big bucks, CERNER can get away doing their sweatshop business as always as long as there are fresh recent grads ready to take the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible work life balance, tons of red tape, changing job descriptions - rat race.

    Senior Solution Designer (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsFacilities and equipment are amazing
    Great stock options
    In house doctor offices

    ConsLong, long hours
    Convoluted reporting structures
    Changing job descriptions
    Do not accept a sign on bonus, they will harass you for it if you leave within 3 years

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow down and get your priorities in order
    Have better short term vision
    Don't harass your former employees for a few thousand dollars

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't bother unless you like a "good old boys" environment.

    Senior Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsThey rarely fire managers or new hires even if they make no contribution, they just pass people around to different groups.

    ConsMiddle and upper management consist mainly of a set of good old boys who pretend to know the latest technologies and industry trends, but are really living in the '90's. They rest on the laurels gained merely from undeserved longevity. Those of us who are current in our skills and knowledge get no support or recognition, and most of our work is never even used.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the talent you have and stop pandering to new hires out of college who are using you only as a stepping stone to a better company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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