Cerner Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Great starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Software Analyst in Kansas City, KS

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

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

    Pros

    Cerner is a recognized company in the healthcare IT industry and provides a great opportunity to open doors. Salary is decent for entry-level positions,and the opportunities for advancement are great.

    Cons

    There is very much a work hard, play hard culture at Cerner. Expect to put in 45+ hours, but the benefits are also great.

    Advice to Management

    Pay could be higher. Also, hire more employees so you don't burn out the existing ones.


  2. Cerner Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems ENGINEER/KCIT TECHNICAL APPRENTICE in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Systems ENGINEER/KCIT TECHNICAL APPRENTICE in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Cerner (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! Cerner is filled with passionate, dedicated, and driven individuals who will definitely help you grow as an individual!

    Cons

    Work life balance is an issue across the board with them. You'll probably ending up working over fifty hours a week on average.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can, so that people don't get burned out with the intense workloads


  3. Good place to get experience and then leave

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

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

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

    Pros

    Provide some training, teach you how to operate in corporate culture, and give a brand name on your resume

    Cons

    Assignment managers don't really consider personal preferences when assigning job out of training, very much an old boys club rather than meritocracy in terms of advancement, not great pay for the amount of work which can regularly be 60 hours/wk

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings, pay them fairly (more), hire managers who care more about employees


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  5. Cerner Review

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Great Benefits with the fitness center and having a health center on campus. Also have an opportunity to get involved with a great charity organization, First Hand which then connects you to volunteer around the city.

    Cons

    Be cautious when you are interviewing initially and they draw you in by saying you will definitely have the opportunity to travel 100% if you want to. That is not true at all as that is solely dependent on business need and where you get placed in the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Place for a First Jon Out of College

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cerner is a young company. Depending on the position, there are opportunities to travel. There is a gym on campus that offers personal training and fitness classes. There are plenty of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Cerner tends to overwork employees by assigning them too many projects at one time. Recently, they cut the bonus you got if you did an average of 44 hours of client work a week for a quarter. They also cut back on travel per diem.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to overworked employees. Some positions have a high turnover, and management needs to look at themselves for that problem. Traveling every week can be exhausting.


  7. Good company lots of growth but treated as a body to fill a need. Little say about your career path after training.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Young workforce
    Decent hours
    Growing industry and company
    Mobility isn't bad, more lateral than vertical

    Cons

    More worried about business need than employees
    Lack of communication


  8. Analyst

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

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

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

    Pros

    College like atmosphere. Young and energetic.

    Cons

    Under compensated. Cubical work environment.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Great first time job. Can't see myself here forever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for entry level. Mostly young workforce so plenty of people to meet and hang out with.

    Cons

    Overworked. Hard to move up. If you have a bad manager you won't get a raise at review cycle. CREs can ruin a consulting project for you.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your workforce. Don't push people to the brink of their sanity and act like nothing's wrong. Also showing a little more appreciation for hard work would be nice.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start, don't get stuck forever

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Great way to introduce yourself into an amazing and high paying field
    -There are a TON of extremely intelligent people working for Cerner. Find a mentor, start leeching and then get out after 3 years.
    -Network, network, network
    -Great, young working environment. We have joked that the company is actually a modeling agency in disguise (Miss Kansas USA 2013 works at Cerner!)
    -"independent" and self directing folks will love it here. Little direction, tons to learn.

    Cons

    -little direction: like another reviewer posted, Cerner is an IT company so EVERYTHING is online. It is almost impossible to find anything. You literally have a learning curve to their 'uCern' and wiki pages. Their search algorithm seems like it was written 100 BC. Sharepoint is terrible. There really isn't a structure to any type of training (there is a very basic outline, but absolutely nothing in depth).
    - your knowledge base is determined by the number of clients/type of clients you have
    -promotions are based on how long you have been there and have almost nothing to do with your ability. They also have to do with what team you are on....so someone who started at the same time as you who knows absolutely nothing could get a 20k pay raise while your still making nothing
    -pay is awful compared to the industry standard. They just lowered the standard pay as of this year as well because it was "above the industry standard" which is bogus
    -The work life balance is completely determined by the team your on and the position you are in. In terms of consulting, there is currently (as of may 2015) an entire corporate restructuring in the consulting field...no one in consulting agree's with this and it's going to be an epic fail. I'm not entirely positive on all of the details, but basically you are going to have build monkeys (delivery consultants) and then the 'architects' that travel to the client sites. This is also going to be determinant based on how much an associate wants to travel.
    -You aren't fully vested until 5 years
    -You get so sick and tired of meeting other Cerner employees at the bars

    Advice to Management

    -focus on automation. You are an IT company that has been around for 30+ years and it still takes ~two years to implement a full system. Client -> excel spreadsheet -> Cerner build Monkey -> database should never exist; it should be client -> spreadsheet -> database.
    -STANDARD is a farce
    -start promoting people based on their skill set. I have 6 solutions under my belt and answered questions from people at the company 5+ years and I was making less than half


  11. Technical Analyst

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to advance your career and move around within the company. Lots of company growth and an opportunity to purchase stock at a reduced cost.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for the amount of work, they have a mandatory 48 hour per work week and also require you to be on call.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and trust them to make good decisions.



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