Cerner Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
674 Reviews
3.5
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important) (in 17 reviews)

  • Great place if you want to learn and are a quick study (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all (in 63 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 58 reviews)

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  1.  

    The worst!

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not one, simply the worst! I quit after my third month. They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all. Tasks are timed and just about impossible to accomplish within the given time frame.

    I can not recommend this company to anyone and I strongly advise to look somewhere else.

    Cons

    Everything, long hours, disorganization at its best, nasty managers, unpleasant and unhappy co workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, their heads are swollen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This place sucks

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    None. I guess the fact that I got to try out and use on a daily bass a dell D830 before buying one for myself.

    Cons

    I used to work here back in the mid 2000's before the move to the innovations campus. Everything sucked. On job vent (before the reviews were removed) it was rated as one of the worst companies to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of Leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    A job to come to daily

    Cons

    No support from management. I work 50, 60 hour weeks with no recognition
    Management talks down to team leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank-you calls, emails etc would help turn around and keep people with the company

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    EASY HIRE EASY FIRE

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    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location. Since its in Missouri you spend less on housing, grocery, gas etc. You save more portion of your salary

    Cons

    Cerner needs to work on their work ethics. They implement EASY HIRE EASY FIRE rule. The DevCenter training which they have, they test the new employees over there. And for small mistakes they make up a reason to fire them. Otherwise they might say you are not fit for development go for Client Support position. They interview there new employees after joining the company instead of doing it during the interview period. This is a very big issue for international students who would be joining the company if they dont have any job security. Currently I have heard they now inform the new employees before interviewing about the procedure of their devcenter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of working on your products, spend some time improving the work ethics and values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Investigate before accepting job

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of young people around you

    Cons

    If you are a computer science professional, have been in open source or have been a part of core development team, or are an agile developer, be VERY careful about every detail. The hiring process these days here is suspiciously fast.

    I have a master's in computer science and I was overqualified in my team. Some teams in Cerner have misnamed positions such as 'software engineer'. Which should really be 'tech support'.

    Also make sure who your manager is going to be. My manager was randomly selected after I joined and had no idea about my skills and never cared. This is definitely an important lesson for me and hope it helps you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not hire if you do not need the skills a person may have. Also, please define 'software engineer' when you hire.

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

    Overworked, Underpaid, Underappreciated

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    A lot of 'cool' people to work with. Most managers don't micro manage (there are definitely excpetions)

    Cons

    Leadership that doesn't value their employees. One executive recently said that "you are all replaceable" speaking with a team. The hours that are expected to be worked are insane. Vacation and holidays count against your billable time so when you go on vacation, you are expected to make that up by working more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees- regardless or rank - they are your biggest asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Extremely unprofessional work setting

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot of about healthcare IT

    Cons

    They lie to the clients as well as to their employees. We were constantly told to lie to clients about what we could do for them. They send brand new associates to go lives and they turn into a disaster. They tell the clients they are sending associates with experience. Some of these people have never seen the Cerner program before. Clients pay a significant amount of money on these onsite associates as well. They also allow people to access Clients domains without permission from the client. This means they can see patient information and data without permission to the hospital. Not to mention these people are in a live hospital domain with little to no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They micromanage and promote people who do not deserve a promotion. They put the patients in danger and are not fair to our clients by who they put in positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is great at setting you up for failure.

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a large company which is always hiring. They offer excellent pay - even for a skill level 1 employees. From what I saw - the company is primarily employed with "fresh out of college" individuals.

    Cons

    This company does not prepare their employees. My experience with the company lasted 9 days. This was not by my choice. Though I was hired into a "no experience necessary - will train" position. The training was only 2 days, and it did not cover the job that I was to be performing. The "Coaches" on the job sites were unwilling to assist in the learning process. In addition, the company showed no interest in contributing to the employees professional development, in spite of my request for additional training. This company is not a good fit for candidates with "no experience." You must have a good understanding of technology, and a understanding of medical terminology would give better chances for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your training programs are abysmal. A complete overhaul is necessary in order for your new employees to grow and understand your products. From the employees that I worked with, I feel that your employees would benefit greatly from some intense training in professionalism. I personally was talked down to, insulted, and sworn at during my only engagement with your company - this by someone who was supposed to be leading us. In addition, I was told nothing but negative things by Cerner employees about the company. I have worked for companies with which I was unhappy, but it is truly unprofessional to air those feelings to new employees/contractors. Such behaviors should be addressed and corrected. However, since I was let go after only 4 days and 1 engagement, I was not able to determine who I should speak to about those matters. Bottom line, Cerner needs to train their employees, and the training should be weeks long...not 2 days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Kim Jong - Un and the CEO

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get paid is the only difference between you and a North Korean Slave laborer

    Cons

    Working for Cerner will be to your detriment. If you are an engineer, you will not sleep. You will be forced to spend at least 5 hours a month on some ridiculous professional development schema that the company developed and has no translation to your work or to your next job. If you get promoted, get ready to spend days in classes training on how to be a Cerner manager.

    That's the better part of working for Cerner. Your performance will be considered poor if you do not do both ridiculous training sessions and your regular duty at the same time. You will, without a doubt, get emails at 3am from someone about a project. If you do not answer immediately, that will be taken into consideration at your performance evaluation.

    When you first start at Cerner they will put you through a long process called onboarding. It's ridiculous. Most companies do this these days and it's to be expected. You will hear about the greatness of the company over its competitors. You will hear about the greatness of Kim Jong-Un, ahem, Neal Patterson.

    After your week long slogging through the junk they throw at you, you will go to your post. You will probably do nothing because your manager won't be there. He's running late, traffic of course. Your co-workers, well they're clueless too so you just sit there trying to get some direction of where to go because that email explaining your first day, they said would come during onboarding, it never came. Guess whose fault that is, that's your fault.

    Well it's been a week and your getting adjusted to the fact that your manager doesn't care that you're there. When you do meet with him, he speaks in a way that makes it seem as though there are microphones everywhere. 'Neal Patterson is a great man' etc... Except you realize, he actually believes what he's saying. After you realize your manager has sat through the brainwashing scene of A Clockwork Orange too many times, you look for other people to speak with about the position, the company, etc... You realize there aren't that many. Neal is a objectivist Kim Jong Un. He has created and maintains, with absolute authority, a cult of personality.

    If you are an individual, if you have the ability to be analytical and critical, you will not work there. This company does not place value on thinking analytically or independent thought. All data shows that this company has lost its battle with epic in the EMR solutions racket. They are hoping and praying that EPIC will sign a deal that will allow data sharing so the population health solution will be of substance, otherwise the company is dead in the water.

    I put in 13 years with this company and I am glad I crossed the Yalu river. I almost got shot a few times by the border guards and may have a bit of PTSD but the regime will fall. When it does, it will be a great day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you valued health so badly, why do you treat your employees so poorly?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sweatshop that manufactures poor quality software.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    - Decent starting pay
    - Medical facilities and daycare provided
    - Stock options

    Cons

    - 48 hours a week, mandatory (more like 60)
    - Yuppy atmosphere
    - Abysmal parking situation at ALL LOCATIONS
    - Poor training for new hires
    - Every company that gets roped into doing business with the company hates Cerner
    - The software is garbage and needs constant fixing
    - Every person that I know that works there (and I know several) hate it and can't wait to get a new job.

    If you are looking to get a start in your career, this is your boot camp. Only instead of 9 weeks, you are looking at 2 years minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure when you hire someone that you give them the tools need to succeed at their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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