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Test Analyst

Cerner Corporation Kansas City, MO +2 locations

The Test Analyst is primarily responsible for designing and executing tests. This role requires not only application knowledge, but also system… CareerBuilder

21 days ago

Software Engineer

Cerner Corporation Kansas City, MO +5 locations

also include defining user needs, providing input to functional design, testing, and troubleshooting. Projects can range from functionality… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago

Knowledge Architect

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

The Software Architect is responsible for the design and quality of the components, applications, solution and system. The Software Architect ensures… Cerner

22 days ago

Sr. Software Engineer (JavaScript) - Innovations Dev

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

Cerner's Innovations Dev team is looking for a full-stack web apps developer to join them as a Sr. Software Engineer. This group (Innovations Dev) is… Cerner

30+ days ago

Information System Specialist

Cerner Columbia, MO +2 locations

The Information System Specialist can serve in a technical capacity in multiple domain areas including: system administration, database… Cerner

30+ days ago

Software Architect

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

Cerner's Population Health organization is a multi-disciplinary business unit focused on enabling clients to better understand, manage and engage… Cerner

29 days ago

ETS Senior Cloud System Architect

Cerner Kansas City, KS +2 locations

The CernerWorks Emerging Technology Services organization is responsible for managing Cerner's cloud-based health care platforms and the tools that… Cerner

30+ days ago

Academy System Engineer

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

As an Academy System Engineer, you support the backbone through which all of Cerner technology runs. You are a big thinker who isn't afraid of… Cerner

30+ days ago

Senior. Software Engineer - Windows Architecture

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

include: • Accountable for software design and code quality; defect free, consistency with the architecture, adheres to overall functional… Cerner

22 days ago

Sr. Software Engineer (Rails) - IP Factory

Cerner Kansas City, MO +2 locations

Cerner's IP Factory Dev team is looking for a Rails guru to join them as a Sr. Software Engineer. The Sr. Software Engineer will have the opportunity… Cerner

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    Salary increased 140% over 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO

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


    1. Pay
    In my experience, the majority (75%) of US software engineers get a 3% annual raise. Top 10% get 6% and top 3% get 9% raises consistently each year. Raises are merit based. Higher performance equals better pay.

    Leveling up / promotion increases pay range and can net an additionally large increase of 10+%.

     *I'm not positive but believe most early career developers in India get larger merit based raises -- ~9% rather than 3% is status quo.

    Executives get performance bonuses, stock options, etc. Early career developers do not! High performing non-exec developers can get stock options during the annual review time if they meet stringent criteria.

    2. Learning
    While Cerner has self-study and instructor led class offerings, you will learn a tremendous amount on the job and from collaboration with peers. I joined with basic knowledge of one primary software coding language. I have used more than 10 languages on various projects over time. With over 2000 engineers on staff, a lot is learned through collaboration via online forums ( think about an internal Stack Overflow website ).

    Cerner spends a tremendous amount of time coaching associates to be team leads, managers, and executives. The leadership training is first class and has frequent involvement from senior executives. Training is more advanced for US engineering than India engineering currently but improving in India.

    3. Endless projects
    After a month of settling in with training, etc - you will get a project. After three months, you will feel more comfortable with meeting expectations. At four months, you will be handed more responsibility and become aware there is a lot that you do not know. After about a year, you will become a productive associate. You will quickly find out that software projects are never 'done.' There will always be feature upgrades, repairs, and new capabilities to add. The project backlog is endless.

    tl;dr -- There is plenty of work to do. You will not be counting the hours for your shift to end due to boredom.

    4. Career opportunities
    There are a couple hundred development teams and a couple thousand developers. Just about every technology and software language you can imagine is leveraged ( desktop apps, servers, cloud, windows, linux, mobile ( apple, windows, android ), web, hardware, virtualization, big data, automation, ruby/python/perl/java/c++/c/vb/groovy/sql/ccl/html/javascript/etc ).

    Bored, stagnant, don't like your peers? Stick out your current team for 18 months and switch to something new. Tired of development? I know several associates that started out as software developers and transitioned into system engineer, consulting, sales, client managers, support, or management roles. Want to repot? With clients all over the US and in several other countries, you can relocate to different offices. This is particularly true if you speak fluent Spanish or French. Most development is done in KC but engineering types skills are needed everywhere.


    A pro for clients and stakeholders is a con for associates. Like ALL profitable companies, you are paid for results rather than effort. While most developers average 45 hours per week over the course of a year, there will be times you must work considerable more.

    Cerner will not 'require' you to work extra hours but you may struggle with life/work balance as an individual. Honestly, you can work 24 hours a day and never 'finish' the project backlog. This means you must have the self-discipline to shut-down for the day at a time that works for you. However, Cerner takes the balance consideration seriously. Managers typically monitor for excessive work hours and will hound you to take vacation, give you help via capacity, or provide comp time.

    Most early career associates aspire to make more money fast. To get better raises, you have to outperform peers with similar experience. Few associates can notably produce more results in the same time as their peers. As result, some ambitious associates choose to work more until their experience improves to the point they can work 'smarter' to generate higher productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Give bonus incentives to all associates that align with executive incentives to accomplish top imperatives.
    2. Keep performing one on one discussions to stay in sync and help associates overcome obstacles.
    3. Consider having managers work as coaches only rather than player/coach. A manager that is 'playing' individual contributor cannot 'coach' and enable his or her associates with great efficiency or effectiveness.

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