Cerner
3.3 of 5 606 reviews
www.cerner.com Kansas City, MO 5000+ Employees

Cerner Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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69% Approve of the CEO

Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

(379 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good resume builder

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent company to work for looks great on your resume! Definitely a good start to get your foot in the door

    ConsUnderstaffed, underpaid, too many responsibilities, inconsiderate management staff when it comes to employee safety. Hard to grow within the company.

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    Nice company, smart people living on failure of other vendors and Epic's inability to install their product everywhere.

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsNice company, Nice people in hot market.

    ConsStill living on the vision and authoritarian nature of Mr. Patterson which worked 10-20 years ago. Needs a mgmt overhaul to take it to the next level and complete with EPIC. Can only live on failures of others for so long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in some fresh outsiders. Senior managers have 20+ years experience waiting for Neal and others to tell them what to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company to Build Experience

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsHire a lot of college students- put a lot of time and investment into their training programs
    Great place to build experience and learn about the healthcare industry
    Awesome culture that promotes healthy living with their onsite facilities (Clinic, Gym Swimming pool)
    Nice people who are willing to help you with your career development

    ConsLow Pay (current salary puts me in the 15th percentile in the marketplace)
    It's difficult to move up as a Business Analyst
    Very political, most advancement opportunities are offered to the executive development program associates, regardless of your performance they will get paid significantly higher, and get more opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your young people. You lose a lot of talent because you're unwilling to offer competitive salaries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cerner Technical Engagement Leader

    Technical Engagement Leader (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced and energetic. The company is full of hard workers. The salary is right on target.

    ConsExpect you to work a 50 hour week or more. Often on call. Expects you to know everything right away and with little or no training, just wiki pages that you have access to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew managers shouldn't expect people coming in from outside of the company to know everything. Many managers have been "raised" Cerner. New managers don't seem to realize that that isn't the case for everyone.

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

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    It has been a great career starter.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsExperience, travel, networking, relationships, culture, benefits, fitness center.

    ConsLong hours happen, but are not on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeeing salaries on upper management and then seeing the budgets slashed for things that we need is not cool.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great work experience starting out of college

    Solutions Delivery Consultant (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsLots of travel and experience to be had

    Consyou will work 50-60 hours on average

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow the analysts that you care about them and appreciate their hard work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Identity crisis across multiple organizations within

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome organizations love to push the upper limits of technology and try to be as cutting edge as possible. Plenty of people within that are willing to put the company on their backs and carry it for a while when it's crunch time.

    ConsThe downside is that for every organization that pushes the envelope, there are those that constantly stifle innovation with stories of "that's how we've always done it". Change to some of these groups is a 4-letter word. This causes plenty of strife between those trying to push the next generation and those trying to support the previous generation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to solve this problem with the identity crisis that's trying to cripple one of the biggest money makers for the company (the Remote Hosted business). Too many people within that organization are unwilling to take any chances with adopting the next generations of technologies and all you hear about is "That's how we've always done it." That's an attitude that's going to end up killing off business in a few years.

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    Have Pros and Cons at Cerner

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCorporate events are entertaining and educational
    Work from home opportunities based on circumstances – weather/ sickness
    On-site health clinic
    On-site Gym
    Café offers healthy choices
    If you are young or just graduated from college it’s a good place to network with other young professionals
    Community involvement
    Online classes and events to increase knowledge.

    ConsOvertime! Working hours can be upper 50’s and sometimes more but expect at least 45. Overtime is somewhat required thing once you get hired! HR does not communicate this well prior to starting your career. No pay or benefit for overtime.
    Too many processes and documentation to get stuffs done.
    Lack of communication – based on the team upcoming assignments, changes and upcoming projects are not so well communicated.
     Software test environments are extremely bad.
    Too much customization of the software which makes them more complicated and fragile.
    Technologies used in some teams are ancient that will not increase your knowledge.
    Off-site parking for new employees, expect no on-site parking for a long period of time and shuttle service are not good. If you come in work late expect no parking on site. Also some roles get the privilege to park right after hiring while others wait for long time.
    Have issues with committing deadline –whether it was a commitment for an enhancement to clients or change in the organizational.
    Some roles have excessive micromanagement – not just by the team leaders or seniors but people from the same team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Begin a Career

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat learning opportunities, fun atmosphere, excellent benefits, etc

    ConsLong hours & low pay compared to identical healthcare roles elsewhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable atmosphere - A GAMBLE as your first job

    Velocity Delivery Consultant (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    Prosfriendly coworker, young culture, excellent employee benefits, flexible hours if you are in Consulting, managers do not micromanage

    ConsPoor training program, ambiguous job roles, lack of employee development that extends outside the company, bad retention rate

    The largest problem with Cerner currently is the disparity between the job advertised to college grads and the actual positions. Almost no one has any idea what will really be expected of them when they start training. they've heard this rumor and that but Cerner does a very poor job of putting together a clear, comprehensive explanation of their consulting organization.

    Also, and this is why I say working with Cerner is a gamble, they hire based on projected projects and need. They're process is very cyclical with clients and there are some very slow points in the year - if you get point on a team or start at a time where work is limited, you will have NOTHING to do once done with training. I can not exaggerate that - many get stuck with months, not days, of downtime in the office where one must actively search out busy work. And very often, any billable work you find will not be helpful to you as an employee because your team works with very different parts of the software.

    Some people get a great lot and end up with plenty of meaningful work with clients and travel right out of training, though, so there is a bright side. I wouldn't recommend it to any of my intelligent, driven friends, however, simply because the chances of being stuck at a desk doing little - to - no work is pretty high and it becomes very demoralizing/taxing.

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

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