Cerner Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
712 Reviews
3.5
712 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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447 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 20 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 65 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you love the work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in a lot of different areas

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not a priority for management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your experience depends on your role, your manager, and the culture of the organization you land in.

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

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

    Pros

    If you land in the right role and management buys in to the culture HR tries to push, you will enjoy flexibility and a slew of onsite benefits (gym, classes, cafeteria, clinic, and pharmacy.) There are some really good people here and they make the job.

    Cons

    Most struggle to find the work/life balance and have issues with excessive stress pushed by management.

    Additionally, Cerner hires the majority of it's employees right out of college, allowing them to pay minimally compared to other employers in the market (recruits don't know better). While compensation targets are competitive to the market - they never pay you at your target. Unless you go in to sales, traveling delivery consultant, or a senior management you won't be seeing the $$.

    Cerner undervalues tenure, and you get no pay increase for getting your masters degree and minimal for promotions. However, they do hire in people into an "executive training" program and put them in high impact positions with high compensation despite a lack of training (over more deserving tenured employees.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    50-50 shot on whether or not the senior management is worth what they are getting paid. Some work very hard and deserve their success; some push their work on new associates and take credit without a real understanding of how to grow their business/innovate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good resume builder

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for looks great on your resume! Definitely a good start to get your foot in the door

    Cons

    Understaffed, underpaid, too many responsibilities, inconsiderate management staff when it comes to employee safety. Hard to grow within the company.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to Build Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Hire a lot of college students- put a lot of time and investment into their training programs
    Great place to build experience and learn about the healthcare industry
    Awesome culture that promotes healthy living with their onsite facilities (Clinic, Gym Swimming pool)
    Nice people who are willing to help you with your career development

    Cons

    Low Pay (current salary puts me in the 15th percentile in the marketplace)
    It's difficult to move up as a Business Analyst
    Very political, most advancement opportunities are offered to the executive development program associates, regardless of your performance they will get paid significantly higher, and get more opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your young people. You lose a lot of talent because you're unwilling to offer competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice company, smart people living on failure of other vendors and Epic's inability to install their product everywhere.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice company, Nice people in hot market.

    Cons

    Still living on the vision and authoritarian nature of Mr. Patterson which worked 10-20 years ago. Needs a mgmt overhaul to take it to the next level and complete with EPIC. Can only live on failures of others for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some fresh outsiders. Senior managers have 20+ years experience waiting for Neal and others to tell them what to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Cerner Technical Engagement Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Engagement Leader
    Former Employee - Technical Engagement Leader

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and energetic. The company is full of hard workers. The salary is right on target.

    Cons

    Expect you to work a 50 hour week or more. Often on call. Expects you to know everything right away and with little or no training, just wiki pages that you have access to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New managers shouldn't expect people coming in from outside of the company to know everything. Many managers have been "raised" Cerner. New managers don't seem to realize that that isn't the case for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It has been a great career starter.

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

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

    Pros

    Experience, travel, networking, relationships, culture, benefits, fitness center.

    Cons

    Long hours happen, but are not on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeing salaries on upper management and then seeing the budgets slashed for things that we need is not cool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great work experience starting out of college

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel and experience to be had

    Cons

    you will work 50-60 hours on average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show the analysts that you care about them and appreciate their hard work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Identity crisis across multiple organizations within

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Some organizations love to push the upper limits of technology and try to be as cutting edge as possible. Plenty of people within that are willing to put the company on their backs and carry it for a while when it's crunch time.

    Cons

    The downside is that for every organization that pushes the envelope, there are those that constantly stifle innovation with stories of "that's how we've always done it". Change to some of these groups is a 4-letter word. This causes plenty of strife between those trying to push the next generation and those trying to support the previous generation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to solve this problem with the identity crisis that's trying to cripple one of the biggest money makers for the company (the Remote Hosted business). Too many people within that organization are unwilling to take any chances with adopting the next generations of technologies and all you hear about is "That's how we've always done it." That's an attitude that's going to end up killing off business in a few years.

  11.  

    Great Place to Begin a Career

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, fun atmosphere, excellent benefits, etc

    Cons

    Long hours & low pay compared to identical healthcare roles elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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