Cerner Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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. Tableau Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    very nice management for every aspect

    Cons

    nothing to complain about the company

  2. Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good and Exciting work happens here

    Cons

    The pay is very less and it can be more

  3. Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for overall. Great Benefits. Lots to learn.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower side of industry standard.

    Recommends
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  5. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits, wellness programs

    Cons

    Communication, mixed messages from leadership

  6. Very organized

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    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    The compensation is great compared to similar positions

    Cons

    Work hours, balance life / work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. The leader in Medical Technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Cerner cares about the associate and goes above and beyond to be the employer of choice

    Cons

    Lots of work, but if you are dedicated you can grow in the company and be here for years.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Not bad for a job out of college, but ultimately unsatisfying compared to other tech jobs

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Cerner hires a ton of people fresh out of college and compensates them fairly well for a Midwestern city. Their internship program is great- they pay you a decent hourly wage and provide you free housing in a trendy part of the city.

    The engineering campus has a casual dress code and I've found the environment to overall be very laid back. Managers and subordinates usually get along well with a decent amount of water-cooler banter and team interaction. From my experience and that of friends at the company, micromanagement is rare and bosses generally give you leeway to complete projects as you see fit.

    Your experience at Cerner varies greatly based on your team. Unfortunately that is true for many tech companies. On my team, people work 40-45hrs/week, with the exception of the occasional hard deadline. I've heard horror stories about teams that require 60+hrs/week every week (not really legal, but oh well it happens). But Cerner is trying to cut down on that, especially due to the crazy turnover it creates (average employment is <2 years here).

    The company is growing quickly, so if you stick around for a while (and the growth continues), you should expect to find yourself in a management role at some point.

    Also, the company has quite a reputation in town. Not sure if it matters to anyone, but saying you work at Cerner will occasionally elicit a positive response or even a corporate discount at certain stores.

    Cons

    In terms of the Midwest and the poor economy college grads face, Cerner compensation is fairly good. But in terms of the market for software engineers and the tech sector, it is really lacking. Salary & bonus appears good when you start, but raises seem to be minuscule and not really correlated to performance (look up Stack Rank for more info). Stock options are virtually nonexistent- there is a stock purchase program which involves giving up part of your salary in exchange for stock on a regular basis... no thanks. 401k match is not that great. Health & dental plans are good, but the company-run free clinics (a much touted corporate perk) are overcrowded and it may take weeks to see a doctor if you go there.

    As I said before, the average length of employment is <2 years. There is a massive amount of brain drain and important engineers are hardly ever paid what they're worth, so they leave.

    Many teams still use some really outdated development methods and Agile has not been implemented well. Not to mention really dated legacy code (CCL) that nobody wants to work with. In terms of outdated processes, prepare for design documents and lots of otherwise pointless paperwork that you have to cut through to make the simplest of changes.

    Prepare for hostility if you have to reach across teams for help with a project. Your team usually has your back, but if you have to start asking random people for help (even if they're the designated point of contact for a piece of code), they might make things difficult for you. This seems common in the corporate world, but it is really awful to deal with.

    Cerner's CEO is famous for his hostility to employees and crack-the-whip persona (look up Cerner Pizza Email). Now his legacy includes mandatory timesheets and a company-wide unwritten 48hr/week minimum work commitment. I've been told that this rule isn't enforced anymore, but I've also heard that you won't get promotions unless you follow it. Things like this just breed resentment and decrease morale among employees.

    The software engineer training program is terrible! It's basically a weed-out recruiting process for new employees, even after you've signed an employment contract and expect to be working there at least 2 years. Mentors vary from good to horrible, and getting stuck on a bad project with a bad mentor can mean the difference between early graduation so you can join a real team and being fired.

    Mentorship when you start out is so-so, but it kind of varies by team. It seems like some team managers are very hands-on, helping out newbies on a one-on-one basis, whereas some teams take a sink-or-swim mentality. You may find yourself figuring a lot of things or your own or hopefully getting a sympathetic engineer to walk you through everything.

    And finally, a small gripe, but there is a pre-employment drug screen and they threaten random drug tests in the agreement you sign (although I've never heard of that happening). It would be understandable for a medical professional perhaps, but it is a little bit strange for software engineers, considering that marijuana is legal in a neighboring state and this is a software company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Boost compensation! Profits are at an all-time high, there's no question that this is a commitment that needs to be made. Product quality suffers with such high turnover. Higher salaries and real stock options would go a long way.
    - Address culture problems. Sometimes teams are a little too protective of their code and unwilling to work with others when it is required. This friction slows everything down.
    - Nix the software engineer training program! If you are trying to weed out bad engineers, you should firstly improve your recruiting methods.
    - Get rid of mandatory minimum time commitments and stop treating your engineers like children. Forcing people to sit at their desk an extra hour or two a day doesn't result in better software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. Overall great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    CEO is very passionate about the business and truly cares about transforming healthcare. Salaries were competitive for the area. I was always treated well and had excellent career advancement, moving from an individual contributor to a senior, then Team Lead, Manager and Senior Manager within 6-7 years.

    Cons

    Very high pressure to work long hours and overtime, at all levels of the company including management, even for salaried employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more pro-employee compassionate style of management would go a long way.

  10. 4 people found this helpful

    2 years and bust

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    easy transition from college. I'm not really a big fan of kansas city, so Pros isn't my favorite category to fill out. . . .

    Cons

    Not a good place to be long-term though. Too many mid-westerners that couldn't get jobs at others companies if they tried. . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on achievement and not based on who's been there the longest. The worst people are the ones who don't leave. They stay the longest and therefore get promoted. You need to clean house a bit.

  11. The belt is tightening every day.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good first job out of school

    Cons

    Terrible compensation compared to industry standards. Stay for 2 years and then go get the money you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting benefits to the lifeblood of your operation.

    Doesn't Recommend
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