Cerner Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important) (in 21 reviews)

  • Great place for out of college first salaried job (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is almost non-existent (in 75 reviews)

  • Sometimes very long hours when on site (in 67 reviews)

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  1. System Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Training, Some smart people

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, expensive health insurance for a health insurance company

    Advice to Management

    Pay better


  2. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Acquire overall knowledge on IT and healthcare industry

    Cons

    micro management and stressful work culture


  3. If You Like Complicated, This is Your Place

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the team you're on, things can be OK. There is no time clock to punch (although you DO have to put in a full week), and no one is getting all pissy with you because you walk in at 8:05. As long as you do your work and put in a 40 hr or better week, you're good. Hey, ever see those guys out in the summer heat digging a ditch? Yeah, try that sometime and compare Cerner to that. Decent benes,

    Cons

    Cerner is a tech company regulated by the healthcare industry (i.e. gov't). Therefore, red tape is a part of life. However, if there is a simple solution to a problem, Cerner will go out of their way to over-complicate the process to the point of unfathomable ridiculousness! If you like unreasonably complicated procedures, this is your place!

    Advice to Management

    Try to find a way to streamline everyone's function so they don't have to spend so much time navigating through countless systems in order to contribute one small piece to the workflow ssytem.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Senior Level Architect

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. On-site Doctors. Prestigious company in the KC area.

    Cons

    Unless you are right out of college, salaries are low. Management is not very good. Forget about moving up unless you work there a LONG time and hob-knob with the Executives. CEO is arrogant and somewhat mean-spirited.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if Cerner didn't rely on college kids for everything, but that's the model they are going with.


  6. Needs some work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Teacher in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at Cerner (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Good Insurance, Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Doesnt recognize the little guy

    Advice to Management

    more positivity


  7. Frustrating Management

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount stock purchase, opportunity to learn new industry.

    Cons

    Forced move from client to vendor. Young, inexperienced manager. Would not listen to input of seasoned employees. Had no trust or respect for team. Very demanding, constant hounding to work 50+ hours per week, with no more work from home (client had allowed).

    Advice to Management

    Train/mentor new and young managers.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Cerner is going faster yet hauling weight

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay fresh out of college, hiring lots of new people, and a good place to get your career started. Continual focus on employee physical health. Work in an ever-changing and expanding field solving difficult problems. Upper management has good vision of where the future will take the company.

    Cons

    Said difficult problems are often of our own making, either directly or indirectly. Poor understanding of work-life balance, long hours, tied to a programming language and version-management tools developed internally,design architecture being continually added on to with little regard for maintainability, teams are in their own silos of information and it's difficult to determine how to get information about a new system I touch. I constantly run into systems that feel like they were cobbled together by someone fresh out of college. This makes sense, because I'm right out of college, but I wasn't expecting most of the software systems to feel like that.

    Advice to Management

    CCL is getting in the way of code quality, velocity, and programmer quality. Replace it with a language with better testability and better programmers will be interested in working on your backend stack. I know it's expensive, I know the company has put a lot of time and money into it, but it's no longer an asset -- it's a liability.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Depends on your team

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary right out of college. Average benefits.

    Cons

    Crappy training programs. If you want a certification, it will depend on your team needs (not company needs). You will always spend a lot more than 40 hours at work per week. Cerner also has limited career opportunities if you wanna to change careers.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees, focus on training, and stop playing games.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Little Appreciation and Little Opportuntity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Knowledge Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Knowledge Architect in Kansas City, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you get in the right organization with the right leadership you can see your career advance quickly. Good aggressive nature of the company allows company to continue to edge the market. Investment in future allows company to sustain. Executive cabinet is great. Its unfortunate town halls have stopped. Listening to these leaders is reassurance the company is still lead by the right people.

    Cons

    Some orgs (IP) are very tough to climb through. This is due to highly skilled employees (a good thing!) but also due to the adage of its more who you know. You are better off leaving and coming back or switching to other orgs within Cerner to advance your career. Company strategy at VP/Director level is poorly aligned. Senior Management seems to get it, but the next level down struggles to find the right alignment and strategy. Every 6 months there is realignment at this level that generally just results in more poor decisions. This poor strategic alignment is accommodated for by the aggressive nature of the company....allowing them to continue to meet goals. I question whether the company should have bought Siemens. Since this purchase every request for existing associates outside the Siemens acquisition is declined. This includes resources needed for projects (people or tech) and funds to acknowledge existing associates. (Your existing associates got you to where you are...). The last round of compensation adjustments were a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little appreciation for those that have stuck with your company. The company used to regularly promote from within. I've worked for executives of half my skill set that have been hired externally. (This isn't a one off scenario...this has become a regular occurrence) Be HONEST with your associates. Require reasoning as to why promotions aren't being considered. Create some accountability at Junior executive level for strategy. Perhaps this is there? Maybe this is why there is realignment every 6 months.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Systems Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, and access to awesome technology

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines, long hours, high pressure work environment, and management who will not defend their own people.

    Advice to Management

    People have a life, so respect the work/life balance. Defend your employees when needed and don't just rollover for any request.



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