Cerner Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
687 Reviews

3.6
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software engineer

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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

    Nice working environment and a great opportunity to work with multiple technologies.,

    Cons

    Kansas City is boring.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to start your career in tech

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

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

    Pros

    -They take a chance on you while other companies won't.
    -They invest in you and it feels good to feel valuable to a company when you're just starting out.
    -They train you for a month about all you need to know to begin doing well on the job.
    -Great place for out of college first salaried job.
    -They pay a decent amount for someone whose skills really aren't that great. (Just starting out)
    -People complain about pay but let's face it, out of college this is probably the most you're going to get unless you did especially well or have great skills.
    -Overall the people you work with are awesome (from my experience). And as long as you take initiative to learn and show that you are independent and can keep a positive attitude while keeping clients happy and being polite you will have a great time.

    Cons

    -The systems they use have HORRIBLE UI. Makes doing your job a little frustrating sometimes but it's really not that bad.
    -They could do more to keep good people, but I think they don't really want to because they can just get the next college student who has decent skills and just train them for a couple months and they're good to go. I think this puts a lot of pressure on the senior people who tend to be few. They simply ignore the new people because they get so many questions (I'm assuming). They literally don't reply to your questions unless absolutely forced or you're good friends with them. I advise EVERYONE to be extremely nice to senior people and get on their good side as fast as possible without going over the top of course. If you can get in good graces with the senior people you will have a good time.
    -You will have to work more than 40 hours a week (some weeks and depends on your position). But if you are new out of college this is GOOD FOR YOU because you're learning more. Of course it's annoying or frustrating but let's face it you're probably feeling lucky that you even have a job. Your skills probably are exaggerated and the overtime work is never hard. I usually just do it from home or stay a bit after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make an effort to change the UI. It can't be that hard.
    -Keep a few more senior people on staff. Or at least incentivise them to help the new guys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best places to start your career.

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

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

    Pros

    They have a great training program for new graduates and even high school kids.
    Competitive pay and good benefits, including on site clinic and free access to the gym.

    Cons

    The organizations are constantly changing so you have to be able to adapt to changes quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Alot of office politics

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    Former Employee - Test Analyst  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Leaving early on some Fridays. My managers were really flexible with my school schedule. Their innovations were really cool to be apart of and learn about. Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in. You are surrounded by alot of your peers as alot employees are young, which can be good and bad. Laid back atmosphere for the most part.

    Cons

    There was alot of favortism, politics, and can be unorganized on projects. Communication can be akward as so many managers live by the motto "no feedback is good feedback" versus being proactive in their subordinates professional develpment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in the development of your associates, and not just the ones you admire. Ambuguity is ok until it gets to the point where most including the manager needs to either be retrained or have no clue how to move forward on the project. Understand that quality over quantiy is more valuable despite client deadlines, therefore set appropriate expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career Builder

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    Current Employee - Solutions Designer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Solutions Designer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible to try new things and add new skill sets.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and pressure from clients can add a lot of stress, making burn out a strong reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to regulate the amount of hours that associates that show signs of burn out better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging and rewarding

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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

    Bleeding-edge technologies to learn about and plenty of training
    Meaningful impact on healthcare brings satisfaction
    Flexible hours (for engineers)
    Great perks including on-site pharmacy and clinic
    Growth is facilitated through online goal-tracking mechanisms
    Lots of big events for associates, such as developer conferences
    Company mostly tries to push for innovation and new technology

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours, especially close to deadlines
    Lots of disparity in expectations across different teams
    Low turnover rate and lots of hiring means parking issues for Innovation Campus
    Locations in KC are far away from one another for the most part, so it might be a long commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to report at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping stone employer

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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 a year

    Pros

    Great training - there's typically a large market for former Cerner employees. If you enjoy travel, you can get lots of domestic travel. Once you become a Solution Architect, them minimum you will make is $74,000 (I became one in exactly 2 years, some do it quicker, some do it slower). You can expect to get 3% raises for many years after the SA bump and potentially never get a huge raise like that again.

    Cons

    Cerner has a reputation for working you to death and they live up to it. They are also known to heavily underpay compared to the rest of the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    DC at Cerner

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    Current Employee - Senior DC  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior DC in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great company to gain HIT experience. Room for growth. Young and changing environment. Learning corporate.

    Cons

    High travel. No formal training- peer to peer training only. Compensation could be better for the amount of work after hours and weekend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for right after college

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    The work balance is skewed towards work. The pay is also average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay your employees a little more to keep them around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    delivery consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that's taking advantage of a growing Industry. You can change positions after 18 months.

    Everybody is young, smart and good looking (if you're a DC).

    Typically, you can work remotely after a year and a half or 2.

    Cons

    You have to move to Kansa City. Kansas City is not that cool. When you get hired, you have no idea where you will end up. It's luck of the draw.

    It's hard to go out and meet people that aren't Cerner employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you seem cool. Some of you don't. I do'nt work with management much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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