Cerner Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Software engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company Good benefits

    Cons

    None Long hours Hard to move up


  2. Company with great intent, but at the cost of great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The changing world of healthcare IT is at your fingertips and you genuinely have the ability to influence the industry. Overall benefits at Cerner are good. Plenty of opportunity to move laterally.

    Cons

    Demand is very high, especially in the support world. Required to work a minimum of 48 hours for salaried employees, but as you move further up in the company, the responsibilities you own will require more than that. "Corporate mentality" is very much a factor and it's all about who you know and who you're willing to step on to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    It's not always about pushing out the latest and greatest innovations in HIT. We should refocus on code quality, and work to attain a reputation of quality rather than quantity. Associates feel less valued when the focus is always on the next dollar making opportunity, and also makes for a hostile work environment that is not conducive to teamwork. Invest in your associates. Encourage further education and industry experience opportunities. The environment and appreciation of associates needs to shift to truly allow people to change healthcare; after all, it is too important to stay the same.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good for getting your feet wet.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If the technology exists then there is most likely a department at Cerner that is using it and you as an employee have the opportunity to learn it. Cerner has deep pockets so the can afford to buy software licenses for bleeding edge technologies. Medical benefits are great for families.

    Cons

    Cerner typically pays their employees ten to twenty thousand dollars less than the rest of the world for a specific role.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep talent from moving on after they become proficient with a specific technology then you must pay talent a competitive wage.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Adventure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and career opportunities are available. Kansas City is one of the cheapest places to live in the country. Great manager from my experience.

    Cons

    Constantly understaffed and constantly having to meet deadlines that aren't always reasonable. Turnover rate is high and the people leaving tend to be the most experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people you already have employed.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Overall good, promotion limited

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits Good team/culture if you get on the newer projects Making moves to modernize A lot of smart people Learning is a top priority

    Cons

    Infrastructure is currently quite poor Moving backwards in some areas Promotion limitation for Software Engineers Lack business agility Allow personal views on their internal forums, but only if those views are liberal and progressive. About the promotion limitation: I was told when I was hired that I could move up as quickly as I want/can. That wasn't true. I work a lot of hours. At least 50% more than the average employee. So I was able to make my first promotion, from level 7 to level 6, in the first year. I was then told that I wouldn't be able to get my next promotion for four years. That's a long time in this industry. I was told that I would probably be promoted now if they were allowed to, but they couldn't. I talked to many associates throughout the organization to no avail. This is also happening to other engineers. It isn't the end of the world, but I work too hard to not be able to make a promotion early. The same is true of several other engineers. I am ultimately leaving for the promotion Cerner can't give me plus some extra.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your promotion system to better fit our industry. If the problem is due to the visa program, then end the visa program.


  7. Great place to work, small pay for Consultant by comparison to other companies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Great experience and a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with various environments.

    Cons

    Long hours, a lot of travel for not enough pay by comparison comparison to other companies.. Other than that Cerner is a great place.

    Advice to Management

    realize that the more hours employees work, including travel, the pay should reflect that


  8. Cernerworks System Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to invest money in a stock purchase plan, free company gym

    Cons

    Cernerworks organization is understaffed and instead of hiring additional resources the existing employees are expected to pick up the slack. Regularly are expected to work off hours with little appreciation provided by management.


  9. Learning Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Learning Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    100% Travel, Front-end knowledge of IT required, flexible schedules, great atmosphere

    Cons

    100% Travel, lack of structure, organizational skills of entire department is poor, lack of knowledge/experience per individual

    Advice to Management

    Standardize sales contracts to specify exactly what solutions are to be trained per contract based on hours purchased. Increases sales amount and will increase resources needed to complete the contract.


  10. Great job out of college

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities, great training, lots of fun social events.

    Cons

    If you're in a traveling role you will be gone Sunday or Monday till Thursday. This can be tough if you have family in KC.

    Advice to Management

    Allow flexibility in a persons career path. People seem to get "stuck" in roles.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, can easily work from home/away- which is great when you're traveling to a client site at a cool location, discounts everywhere, fun culture.

    Cons

    Promise a lot but little happens, sales people throw you under the bus just to close a deal (tell the client the system will do whatever they want when in reality there are some limits to it), management can be young and inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Take it slow- keep growth slow so you can focus on perfecting the produces we already offer, don't just sign client after client and implement faulty programs.



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