Cerner

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Cerner Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
797 Reviews
3.5
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 21 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance for the benefit of associate wellness needs addressed from top/down (in 75 reviews)

  • Long hours, some employees fresh out of college and need guidance in corporate settings (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall View On tho Company

    • 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 as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, did every process accordingly. Friendly and young environment allowing ease of conversation. A few campuses dedicated to this company as well. The company seems to value smart team players, I feel it is more that you are a leader rather than looking for a leader to have your answers figured out.

    Cons

    They take time to interview each candidate, however it can be a complete waste of time for the candidate if not choose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best if placed in good team

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

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

    Pros

    Definitely a best place to work if you have a passion for technology and you are placed in a team you love(interms of technology). Cerner has lot of technologies to explore, but I woudnt be speaking alot on this as my colleagues told lot about the company.
    I would like to give intro about nasty placement after dev center program. every software engineer hired will go through this program
    pros:
    you learn under mentoring
    high pressure- positive
    good mentors
    you improve your skills before joining a team, by working on sample project just like school

    Cons

    after they think you are fit to join real team, they call something called graduation in Dev center and you will asked to give a demo to all managers and the managers rank you according to ranks. However we were not given choices in ranking the teams or opting few atleast. the ranking is not shown to employees and decided internally

    they say they ran the associate-team matching algorithm, which is like best marraige principle which doesnt make any sense in some situations. I have seen couple of associates who joined a team, who have not attended the demo.
    that is usually the internal politics and I belive every company has this. but the real speciality comes here, people are very much biased here and they place you in a team which works on UI and you need to convert your path from back end dev to UI. When you speak regarding this to your HR they would threaten/ convince you that you need to do UI before you get backend job as if HR has worked for years. They dont even know single thing about coding and trying to judge others. Its always from their perspective, only managers are allowed to come to us and we were not allowed to contact the managers. The entire process is really weird. I dont understand the entire point in working if I'm given a role which is not my expertise. y do u try to judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree.

    If a process is followed make sure, its same for everyone. The main problem I see with many employees is that, we are given to work on latest technologies in dev center and then placed in team which uses absoluete technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Collaborative Company Culture, Low Pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture, People, hard working

    Cons

    Known for Low pay when it comes to functional roles

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  5.  

    Good Company to Start with

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty good at bringing on students fresh out of school or people with a little experience and training them

    Cons

    Once you have been trained and are excelling at your job you realize you are being underpaid for what you are doing. They also work their employees very hard, and are not letting them comp extra time worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay fair wages for employees who are excelling at their jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cerner

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience to start a career.

    Cons

    The company is falling behind to competitors like Epic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great if you're fresh out of college and in the area

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's like an extension of college for those who work at Cerner right after school. The social life benefits are amazing, and Cerner provides many perks for their employees. It's a company with a vision that's going to continue to grow.

    Cons

    The demands can get unrealistic. You're evaluated on team goals and even if what you do is superlative, your teammates can get you bogged down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get enraptured with youth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe everything you hear

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

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

    Pros

    Well established. Good policies procedures, and employee self help systems.

    Cons

    Goal Oriented, poor or improper communication. From the goal oriented stand point they don't care if you work 60 hour work weeks they just want the goal met and have a quality outcome. they set AGGRESSIVE deadlines and offer little to no help for you to accomplish the task in time for the deadline in fact they usually saddle you with 15-20 hours of additional work each week that impedes your ability to accomplish your goal and then reviews you poorly for the effort. They like to dangle mythical carrots in front of their associates. Usuallay they will hand you a large promotion and tell you you need to perform in this role for 6 months then assuming your review is acceptable you will get the compensation ..... !!!!WARNING!!!!! DO NOT TRUST THIS. Get everything in writing and use your initial on boarding to negotiate your compensation and benefits. IF you don't get this established immediately on hire don't expect it to ever come.

    I was promoted 7 months ago. I received a "meets expectations" on my positional review stating "no associate performing duties in a role for less than a year can receive a grade above meets expectations, regardless of work ethic, work quality, goal completion, or peer review" so I worked an everage of 45-55 hours a week gave so many weekend and evening I lost count got exceptional reviews on my project completions and daily tasks and got an mediocre review. That compensation they promised with the huge promotion ended up being 3K annually (2.6%) so basically they arranged to have me work 10-20% more handle vastly more responsibility for the same pay as I was making in my lower level position. When questioned they said unfortunately you will have to perform this role for another year before we can adequately compensate you .... YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP LYING TO YOUR GOOD ASSOCIATES AND START GIVING THEM WHAT YOU PROMISE AND WHAT THEY DESERVE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your "Cerner Experience" varies greatly per department.

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

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

    Pros

    - A lot of benefits depending on the department
    - Some get to enjoy everything they advertise in the Compass, others get nothing at all
    - Love the ability to travel, however, some departments are told they will and then not get to at all.
    - Growth can be awesome! Again, depends on the department

    Cons

    Honestly, I would be really biased to say anything, I worked in a department that is known for being poorly managed. Everything that Cerner would tell you in an interview and compass training was negated. There was little management direction for the "future" and you were thrown into a corner in a call-center. It really is a glorified call center. Also, having experience means nothing there. You may be working with people that are in their "Recent college graduate" program, but have experience and a degree and be paid SIGNIFICANTLY less than they are, even when you were told in interview negotiations they guaranteed everyone started at the same amount in the department. It's also a VERY "Bro" like environment, and men definitely have advantages over women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize your weak links, discourage fraternization, encourage equality, don't advertise things and not fulfill, review your management and scrutinize when there are complaints instead of brushing them under a rug.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good "right out of college" company, long-term is a deadend.

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

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

    Pros

    If you are right out of college and need to learn the ropes, it's a great company for that. Not so great for experienced employees because the salary range is way low.

    Cons

    All I had an issue with is salary. I was led to believe that even though the salary was low, they would make it up to me on bonus, but that turned out to be an outright lie. Bonus was worthless. $500 max per quarter does not constitute a bonus, more like an insult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want experience people, you'll have to pay, otherwise continue with entry-level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    High Expectations and High Performance

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, work life balance flucuates depending upon were you work.

    Cons

    Pay is ok for experienced hires, needs to be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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