Cerner Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Horrible place to work

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to technology, must drink the Cerner kool-aid to survive there.

    Cons

    Culture at Cerner is a IT sweatshop, you have to drink the Cerner kool-aid to survive there, Watch out for incompetent managers and coworkers who play corporate office politics, chances of getting fired is always high, the turnover rate is more than 25%. If you are relocating to Kansas City from the East coast/West coast please avoid it, Kansas City is not that great and moreover Cerner is a big player here, so you are made to feel like you are disposable and should be grateful for your job.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage creativity, and stop playing office politics.

  2. Worst Job in my 25 year Professional Career!

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Centrally located. Met some great people who have the same opinion of the company as I do but are afraid to speak up. On-site Pharmacy was a nice benefit.

    Cons

    Most incompetent Management that I've ever been around in my career. U.S. Consulting was the business unit that I was assigned too. This Management team is built solely by a bunch of people who formed a click and promotions are made based upon a popularity contest! Not once in my 3 years and 7 months of employment did management see me do my job as an Engagement Leader on-site at a hospital. How can you judge performance that way? Stay away from this company if you have any long-term leadership experience. That will consider you a threat if you voice your opinion or question their click!

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in a mirror, this company is on the same path as Sprint was a few years ago. You're becoming over extended and bragging about how many employees you have when in reality your product has challenges and many gaps and your main competitor is taking 7 out of 10 sales on average. My suggestion is to sell so a company can come in and put policies and processes in place and eliminate the rift raft management that is in place to move this company forward. If you don't, then many of your properties will sit vacant soon!

  3. The worst!

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

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

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

    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 Management

    None, their heads are swollen

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  5. This place sucks

    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    EASY HIRE EASY FIRE

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Investigate before accepting job

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

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

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Overworked, Underpaid, Underappreciated

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Sweatshop that manufactures poor quality software.

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

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

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Company is great at setting you up for failure.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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