Cerner Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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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 72 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Salary increased 140% over 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO

    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
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  2.  

    Simply Amazing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Consistently challenged to learn more and excel
    No day is the same

    Cons

    There are times where you have to spread your wings and fly before you feel you are ready. This can be good or bad, just depends on the situation, but it does cause a bit of anxiety/stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your reports to attend training sessions either internally or externally. The information absorbed and the networking opportunity is invaluable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    awesome place to start of a long-term career

    Cons

    long hours and travel can get tiring, but lots of rewards associated

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    Integration Architect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Integration Architect
    Current Employee - Senior Integration Architect

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

    Pros

    Cerner is a great company to work for. Over the years they have been very innovative and have changed with the market demands - somethings a bit late and other times on track. Their client and associate learning services offerings have come a long ways and are now very sophisticated and provide great value for investment.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get a Director promotion outside of living in Kansas City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the corporate culture by expanding too fast. Make sure that Siemens acquisition is done with some foresight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place

    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to work in career

    Cons

    None that I can think of, lots of opportunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    good leadership and able to gain more technical knowledge; encourages healthy living

    Cons

    No annual bonus or stock benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Outstanding peer and managerial support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Strategist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Clinical Strategist in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Everyone I've met has been very supportive and accommodating. I can call up any of my co-workers with a question and they would be willing to help. My manager is outstanding and works hard to coach me in advancing my career.

    Cons

    You have to teach yourself a lot. Training is provided, but there is so much more that you need to know. The resources are out there, but you must make the effort and take the time to find them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right thing. I have seen great strides in the availability of resources and support. I know we are moving in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Hard, gain valuable experience.

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

    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
  10.  

    A Positive Move, A Positive Experience, Excited to be a part of the Growth

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

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking and being relatively new, I have found the whole experience to be quite positive, from the initial interview process through the on-boarding efforts - I have been here about 6-8 months and have found that my peers and teammates have been more than helpful in getting me prepared and then fully engaged in my role. I am impressed with the vision and the culture that Cerner has created and pleased with their efforts to capture, communicate and maintain the culture. It's refreshing to be a part of a growing company with a vision well beyond the tactical. The Continuous Campus is a fantastic facility and the amenities/benefits of the facility are top-notch. Some of the goals related to improving Health, improving care and the investment in Kansas City are also areas that I find to be inspiring and glad to be a part of.

    Cons

    Its a growing large company - and coming in 'new' there are many folks who have had years of Cerner background and knowledge - which lends to having to search for the subject matter expert or understand what department or team is responsible for certain things - But, there are centralized portals and Wiki's sites that help facilitate the communication and help you navigate through the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company to Start with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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