Cerner Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
674 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    Good place to start a career in software engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    personal growth is good; focus on good programming practices

    Cons

    relentless workload; no support from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The worst!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Proceed with caution

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Not really a pro but it is all I can think of. Your manager may be located in another country so at least your not micro managed

    Cons

    Hiring Process: HR is a shared service located in India so you will only speak to a HR shared services employee located there. they are not skilled in talent aquisiton and cannot answer your questions.I applied via a search engine and then was asked to re apply via the link they sent me (same documents, nothing additional asked for ???)
    You will then hear nothing for weeks
    You'll then have a couple of interviews where you will get the impression from the questions they will take anyone with a pulse
    They will tell you they are growing hence the hiring. But holding induction 2 times per week in Kansas City is a sure sign that they are losing employees by the truckload
    They will send you a linked to HIRERIGHT for background checks, You will do all the work having to supply all the documents and they DO NOT call any referee supplied. You will not hear from anyone at CERNER for a few weeks
    The offer you receive will be lower than the benchmark and then you will have the joy of printing and signing a 28 page contract and then scanning it back.
    You'll then be asked to fly to Kansas for induction. From Australia you'll fly economy on Delta and they expect you to pay to book a new flight since they think that you can get through LAX immigration/customs in 1hr and 10 minutes.
    I've regret my choice to work for this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    This place sucks

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    • 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 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
  6.  

    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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not place to work for Engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing good to say. Few colleagues were good.

    Cons

    The management has lot of politics and HR is horrible.
    The project are 30 years old. Used old technology and proprietary tools used no exposure for new technology
    The work is only fixing bugs and testing no progress in technical area.
    Work pressure is very high. no learning, No training on any technology and KT
     Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all.
    Important thing is, the CTC will be high, but take home will be very less. So advise is ask for better gross income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Egoistic Management should Value associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 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
  9.  

    Soulless stiff US brainwashed robots no sense of Aus market, high turnover and good luck getting a decent salary!

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    Former Employee - Mid-Senior Level Professional  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Mid-Senior Level Professional in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    North Sydney office has a nice view of the harbour, er thats about it. Oh sorry you get sent from Aus to the US for induction….. in economy via 3 american cities (27 hour one way trip). Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck feeling refreshed before you get brainwashed.

    Cons

    Company is loosing market share to the new competitor, because guess what…. they have a personality! Hence restructuring hiring and firing quicker than you can say Kansas.

    Leadership team are highly uninspiring and bitter because they have been there too long putting up with BS, the CEO Neal Patterson is an absolute jerk, stories of him asking people questions in the lift at head office in Kansas City… if you don't have a question for him when he puts you on the spot or have a good enough response to his question, you are FIRED! Seriously no joke. He is feared…. excellent leadership don't you think? We all know it starts from the top right?

    At annual conferences they throw a football into the audience if nobody asks him a question, if the ball hits you you have to ask a question, WTF? One poor lady was carried off who was injured during this ridiculous game. The US brainwashed culture is as stiff as an ironing board, there is a saying "go and drink the Kool-Aid" Try making one joke, they don't get it.

    Ridiculously tight budgets, no idea of how Australian customers like to do business because the americans come over in their white undershirts/business shirts 1980's outfits, midwest stiff backward persona and can't build relationships (so cringeworthy it's like watching an accident in slow motion).

    Head office in Sydney is a ghost town, no soul or culture whatsoever, empty feeling greedy IT consulting firm who label themselves as a Healthcare organisation in disguise. Shame as some decent products but realistically they are a company who consults/rips off the Australian healthcare system by charging an arm and a leg for scanning medical records and uploading them to the Cerner database, which they own and the hospital has to pay to access… they have a few cool add ons, but I'd rather have a doctor administer my medication rather than a machine designed by some brainwashed IT brown nosing geek from the US who has NO IDEA about medicene or pharmaceuticals on a $50k salary, it's putting Australians out of jobs and replacing them with machines which the big old USA profits from, greedy! Oh and ironically they pay shockingly… and won't budge because (you guessed it) the HR compensation and benefits team is in the US far away from market reality here in Australia.
    Don't get misled or over sold on the company or role, the american dream is an underwhelming reality. Could you get passionate about working for this organisation? I did at the misleading interview process (4 interviews) then after a matter of weeks I thought, what have I done? My heart sank… how could I have got this gig so wrong? Sticking out the year for resume purposes was the most painful thing I have ever one in my career. They don't care about patients or customers, they care for their profits and shareholders, full stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Neal Patterson, clear out the senior management toxic culture, pay your employees what they are worth in relation to the Australian or local market not what the US thinks the world should be paid, get you heads out of your sphincter. Label yourself as you are, an IT consulting firm not a healthcare organisation. Employ local people, with clinical knowledge sending over US IT geek cardboard cut outs, spend some money and let go of your tight US grip on everything, empower your employees to run with their local knowledge and expertise rather than telling them how to do things, it's like pushing BS up a hill with you guys…. for peanuts.
    Final note: You have two ears and one mouth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for 2 years as Software Engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing good to say. Few colleagues were good.

    Cons

    Here comes the big list. The quality of management is very poor. The application or project which you work is nearly 40 years old. If you work here, you will end up fixing bugs for entire life with no progress in technical area. Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all.
    Important thing is, the CTC will be high, but take home will be very less. So advise is ask for better gross income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reshape the organisation structure. Make compensation clear and trasparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Investigate before accepting job

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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