Cerner Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
673 Reviews
3.6
673 Reviews
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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  

    I was fired after my one on one with my manager because i expressed my interest in career advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Nothing. employees are overworked and underpaid specially the young kids out of college with no regards or respect or appreciation

    Cons

    You can't be open with management about your career goals otherwise you are fired. I was hired for a role but in my first day i was placed in another role that I didnt interview for. I talked to my manager several times about allowing me to move to another team he told me you can't you are needed here and we are short staff. in my last 1:1 he fired me because i discussed my career advancement goals with him. I was called at the end of the day to a room with an HR rep sitting in the room and was told i was fired. I went back to my desk and my laptop was already gone. My manager seized it. Really? how ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have respect for your employees and don't let talents slip to your competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Place Ever

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    Former Employee - MEDICAL BILLING  in  North Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - MEDICAL BILLING in North Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Company hires gives recent college graduates an opportunity for employment. They recruit at many colleges and are constantly looking for ways to improve their systems.

    Cons

    At least in revenue cycle division, its very "clickish" unless your one of the chosen ones they treat the workers like high school kids, it's like working in a library, no talking, don't leave your desk except to use the restroom it's very constricting. They expect the employees to come in early and work late for peanuts. While they seem to rake in a lot of money it rarely gets passed on to the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a group brings in millions of dollars in a quarter you don't reward the eight employees with a $20.00 WalMart gift card.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Like 'em young and scared

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    Current Employee - Contract Programmer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Contract Programmer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Cerner as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you want to brush up on a foreign language(s) this is the place for you. At least on the Engineering campus English is rarely spoken.

    Cons

    Pretty must all the stories are true. They like hiring extremely young foreign nationals who will be easy to intimidate and abuse. Then throw them to the wolfs and burning them out until they quit. The EDI group I was in had four US citizens out of about 15. Hard to keep an accurate head count given that they had over 100% turn over.

    The culture generates a lot of failure by design. The focus on cheap inexperienced programers, rushed projects with little to no requirements, little to no testing, little to no integration testing, and little to know interactions with other dept. results in a lot of missed deadlines, bug ridden services that can not scale to the levels they need. Management views these systemic issues as the fault of employees. They will shamelessly rant about how the entire group is failing oblivious that if the entire group is failing it is probably more an issue of leadership or communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need organization and structure. A Power Point slide with three built points does not qualify as software requirements. Also if an entire group is failing then the root cause is much more likely a lack of leadership or communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst places I've ever worked

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect

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

    Pros

    Easy to get a job

    Cons

    There is really nothing good to say about this company. The executives are inept, people are promoted by who they know not by the quality of their work, huge turnover, no support from team leads or managers, no room for individual thinking, no time for eating, sleeping or having any kind of a life outside of work. 48 hour minimum work week to get a "satisfactory" review, minimal raises, no raise with advancement - you get a "promotion" and then have to prove yourself in the role for a year and then you might get paid for your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about and invest in your current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cerner Technology Services has went to hell since the reorg.

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health insurance, lost of brilliant and talented engineers

    Cons

    Long long hours are expected, night and evening work is regular and you still have to be in at 8 am the next day. The regions split in infrastructure is a nightmare. A few of the new execs came from Cerner works and run their teams like a master would run a slave ship. No room for error. Many are fired for simple mistakes. Not nearly enough engineers to cover the backlog of work. Server reclamation status alone is around 8 months behind schedule. Most good associates leave after 6 months to a year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in the NA region. Leasdership is inept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    If you're not a brown nosing suck up, you'll go nowhere.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Rather not share any pros. The cons FAR outweigh the pros.

    Cons

    Very cult like, kool aid drinking company. It's the most pretentious atmosphere you could imagine. If you have self respect avoid working here. Everyone acts like the CEO is a brilliant, powerful, moving man. In all reality, he's a socially awkward jerk who had a good idea with two other people. If you don't constantly call attention to yourself, your work will not be recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your employees. Just because someone doesn't brag about the work they do, doesn't mean they don't do good work. Stop being so pretentious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not plan on anything

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Short training for the needs of the company at the time.
    Do what you are told do not think or speak other than what you are told to, you will do ok
    As long as you are 30 or younger you will do ok

    Cons

    Never learn from the past
    Will make the same plans ( if they worked or not) again in a 3 to 5 year time span
    When looking at some one to hire will look at age first
    I could go on but that should be enough to make you think again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing would help. they would and will not learn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Biggest mistake of my career...

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    Former Employee - Finance Senior Manager  in  North Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Finance Senior Manager in North Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits. If you do decide to work at this place, make sure you ask for top-dollar. They will pay it.

    Cons

    Horrid work/life balance. Very unprofessional and inexperienced management. Very antiquated processes. Bizzare "Banding" process and evaluation based on overtime hours, not end results. Way to many chiefs and not enough indians. I was looking for the door after 6 weeks and I was a Sr. Manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to new hires. Stop promoting unqualified people to exec positions and then ignoring what they do...they will kill your company in the long-run. When this company is bought-out by MSoft, Oracle, or some foreign entity, the company will be gutted and most management will be replaced by real professionals.

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

    Software Engineer

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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

    Good benefits. health clinic on site. fitness center on site. Medical software is booming right now so the market is very big.

    Cons

    Very slow development process. Teams do not cooperate. Low salaries. Salary growth is very slow. So-called "Cerner culture" is something that always pissed me off. Not too many smart people around. Those who are smart, they don't talk/interact with "others". often your career depends on who you know and who is your friend (that's how you can move in a good team and get a cool project or even travel somewhere nice, like Dubai, or France...)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible company to work for

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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

    I guess the compensation is decent, although there's no pay for overtime.

    Cons

    Long hours, a 60 hour work week is not uncommon to finish a project
    Upper management that doesn't care about employees and only its bottom line
    Clunky and slow health information software that is far behind the competition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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