Cerner Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important) (in 21 reviews)

  • Great place for out of college first salaried job (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is almost non-existent (in 75 reviews)

  • Sometimes very long hours when on site (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Solutions Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy the culture more than any other job.

    Cons

    This is not applicable to me

    Advice to Management

    I do not have advice for management


  2. System Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot. Projects come quickly, and teams are generally willing to help you get things figured out when joining. You work with a lot of people, teams and organizations. The benefits are well-worth the monthly deductions, and there is a gym at each campus.

    Cons

    You will often work 60+ hours a week, and no overtime if you're on salary. There are releases and projects which go live at all hours of the night, and you may often be asked to be a part of those. Internal teams lack visibility. Raises are based on tenure rather than merit, and are awarded in 2 year cycles. There are no bonuses. Teams are often inexperienced due to high associate turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining quality workers, rather than a high turnover rate/lower salary strategy.


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    Operations Leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare is a very secure market. There is also a lot of opportunity to advance your career or change career paths if you desire to learn new skills.

    Cons

    There has been a significant culture shift with acquisitions. it can be difficult to get hired if you are not a new college graduate.


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  5. Solution Architecht

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work out of college, travel perks, can move within company fairly easily

    Cons

    A lot of last minute travel, many frequent company-wide changes, turnover


  6. Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a chance to work with very smart individuals. Team structure very open, speak your mind, You will be heard and nor ignored.

    Cons

    With Cerner acquiring Siemens HS, some of the bright people have already left or are in plans to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Echo strong support for individuals who are going to stick around and listen to all levels before changing or adapting to new processes.


  7. Learning Architect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great people. They have been very accommodating of my personal life wherever possible. There is a lot of potential for growth in the company and you can change roles every 18 months if you are not happy.

    Cons

    Lots of travel, and when you want to go to non travel, it is difficult. I am not sure that I can say much else, I have had a great experience with company.

    Advice to Management

    The advice to management would be that in the one to one meetings we are supposed to have bi-weekly, that they provide some feedback in how we are doing. It is difficult being manged by someone who does not see what you do.


  8. Innovative health and technology company with many opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities with exciting technologies. Pretty casual environment and many onsite amenities including gym, pool, basketball and racquetball courts and cafes. Many green initiatives and philanthropic efforts to support communities and individuals with health care needs. Collaborative work environment and good people.

    Cons

    Might have to work long hours occasionally. Not much else to say here especially compared to other companies this is a really good place.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries. More incentives for associates who invest in the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Type A Health + Care Innovators

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Clinical Strategist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - RN Clinical Strategist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Associates are self-driven, accountable, passionate, and good-hearted. The company truly stands for improving the delivery of health care because it is the right thing to do.

    Cons

    The size of the company & how quickly it has grown have created inevitable silos. These are being actively mitigated but can complicate matters at times.


  10. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    large company, Good culture

    Cons

    Slow Growth, compensation to equal to value


  11. Solution Architect

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cerner is an innovative company where the work is fast-paced and ever-changing (you won't get bored). You get to be a part of a huge, positive impact to healthcare. The company also offers excellent benefits. It's a good place to start out right out of college.

    Cons

    There are areas of the company where you can very easily be overworked an under-rewarded. Expect to log 50+ hours a week but only see an equivalent of "meets expectations" on your annual review and a subsequent minimal raise. Bonuses are not rewarded under any circumstances in such organizations. Also, if you get the opportunity to relocate with the company they will not offer a cost of living adjustment.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that high expectations should also mean high reward. As any organizational behavior class will teach you, if you expect employees to be high performers but do not reward them accordingly they will quickly lose motivation.



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