Cerner
3.2 of 5 506 reviews
www.cerner.com Kansas City, MO 5000+ Employees

Cerner Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.2 506 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

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Pros:
  • "Cerner is a great place to start your career out of college"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Cerner is a good place to start a career"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Most struggle to find the work/life balance and have issues with excessive stress pushed by management"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Sometimes there are log hours, but what company doesn't have long hours these days"
    in 54 reviews
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Cerner took my career to a level I was not even able to imagine a year prior.

Solution Delivery Consultant (Former Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important). The extensive training Cerner invests in their employees in top notch and really prepares the employees to give the best service to their Clients. Cerner participates and gives back to the community and encourages employees and their families to do so as well. Cerner has a Health Clinic right on campus to minimize the time employees need to be out of work; encourages preventive care and a healthy lifestyle. The on campus cafeteria is like going to a 5 star restaurant with McDonald prices; foods from vegan, seafood, homestyle, etc and fresh made to order everyday. There is an on campus gym, fitness center, pool, raquetball courts etc. since they encourage their employees to reduce stress with physical fitness; a healthy body is a healthy mind and ultimately benefits the Clients.

ConsThe area I was in was consulting and the weeks on the road tend to take a toll after a while; often expected to teach classes, hold knowledge transfers etc on Fridays after being on the road catering to the Client for 50-60 hours Monday through Thursday. I expected pay increases more often or at least when they came around to be a larger percentage. The pay increases where based on the Corporation as a whole and not necessarily the venue in which the employee worked and their participation in the profits.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the family atmosphere and continue to include the employees and their families in the philanthropy. When an employee is paid on salary, refer back to their actual hours worked for the Client and in house with knowledge transfers...don't assume it's a typical 40 hour week.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It all depends on where you are at....

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Kansas City, KS

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

ProsFlexible Hours, Amazing Benefits, Great Technology. Cerner has one of the most relaxed and innovative working atmospheres that I have worked in. They are on the forefront of technology, and the deliver this to their associates.

ConsDepending on where you end up, management can be a challenge. They are either micro managers or don't manage at all. There are some people that ARE NOT cut out to be managers of people, but are. The good news is that you are able to change roles every 18 months or so if you wish. The issue here is that Cerner is SUCH a complex business, and being proficient in one area does you no good in the other. I know people that are experts in areas, but have no idea what goes on in others. Pay and vacations are about the norm. You can expect a "cost of living" increase in early roles, and as you climb the ladder, the raises and compensation get better. Basically, they wait around to see if you are going to stay, so they pay marginal to begin with. Don't let anyone fool you, there is money to be made in this company if you work hard enough.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your associates, and listen to their thoughts and opinions. Someone that is entry level might have an idea that could be the next big thing or revolutionize the way we do business... Also, don't hold people back just because you want to keep them on your team!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have enjoyed my time there.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

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

ProsWork and life balance. Empowered.

ConsSome stress but quite manageable.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rewarding Career: You control your Career, Work\Life Balance and overall Happiness.

CWx Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Kansas City, KS

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

ProsA growing business that offers a lot of ability to continue to grow and develop as an associate.

If you take the time to control your career you can grow with the company, and move on to bigger and better projects and experiences.

The benefits package is nice, the gyms at each main campus are awesome and the KC community tends to offer discounts to Cerner associates.

I have been given so many opportunities to grow and shine even though I started out of college with no experience. Now I lead my own events and mentor others.

ConsIf you are lazy or want someone else to control your destiny then you can lose a healthy work\life balance. I have seen people come in and expect to be handed everything vs. work for it and stand up for themselves. They don't stick around long and that is perfectly fine with me.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to do what to are doing, investing in your associates and improving how you value them. It is appreciated and felt.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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KCIT Technical Apprentice (Current Employee)
Kansas City, KS

I have been working at Cerner part-time for more than a year

ProsCerner has excellent values and a very accepting culture in that they promote and truly believe in the benefits of diversity within the workplace. They want individual for their knowledge regardless of what they look like!!
Plenty of Duck Dynasty bearded and full body tattooed employees... it really is impressive!

ConsWhen compared to other companies with similar position and skill requirements:
The only real con, is probably the same for any other company that has such an excellent culture to the point that people generally are willing to work for a little less salary since they get so many more other accommodations. At Cerner you have the flexability to work from home and have almost completely paid for healthcare with almost no out of pocket cost. Plus discounts on what seems like everything under the son as they have a relationship with almost every company and restaurant one can think of.
So because of all that and so much more that I am forgetting, employees do accept less pay then what they might make elsewhere, but as they feel they are getting so much more outside of pay that it more then makes up for the difference.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have excellent values and culture with supreme benefits but the experienced employees need to be retained as to prevent high value knowledge loss to other companies. I would evaluate what it might take to keep them on to prevent employee churn.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Strong growth company

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

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

ProsVery professional development organization with some very skilled leadership. On site doctor's office and pharmacy are great, if you can get it. Fitness facilities are great.

ConsRemote parking is not fun and was unexpected. No cash bonus pay. Benefits are not the best. 401K match and health care plan are not a good as what I have had in the past. Fitness facilities need better hours to match people working in the remote parking lots.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good industry to be in

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSteady pay check and ability to travel to many states and countries.

ConsSometimes over worked and under appreciated. Can be a boy's club at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to get some experience and exposure in the professional world.

Business Apprentice (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I have been working at Cerner as an intern for more than a year

ProsValue employees and have amazing benefits.

ConsAlways working overtime, but able to work from home as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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You won't be bored

Technology Architect (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

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

ProsKeeps you very busy. There is great job security and growth. Get to challenge yourself regularly. There is frequent travel which some would consider a pro.

ConsWork / life balance can be brutal at times. Pay is not where it should be. You need to ask for it to get it.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent about job and salary levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company Strong Future

Senior Software Architect (Current Employee)
Kansas City, MO

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

ProsGrowth business, good executive leadership, evolving engineering culture, large population of entry level folks, good facilities but stressed due to growth.

ConsPoor project and process management culture. Poor business analysis and strategy in many cases that rely on human decisions and opinions, rather than data driven, workflow driven, and usage driven design.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to work on management culture. Instead of relying on identifying born leaders, invest more in breeding managers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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