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Cerner Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.3 628 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

(395 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important) (in 17 reviews)

  • Great place if you want to learn and are a quick study (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all (in 63 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 58 reviews)

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    Great Company

    Software Architect (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsLots of opportunities for growth, new challenges, reasonable hours and you're in charge of your own growth. There's no limit to the technology that you'll get to use. Great culture.

    ConsI really don't have any - I love what I do, and my team is great.

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

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    Great company, remember you have a life outside work

    Engagement Leader (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsCerner provides a lot of career growth and training/learning opportunities. Leadership encourages associates to keep moving forward and own their careers. The mission of the company is one to believe in, and our products and services are ever improving.

    The benefits are fantastic, and the healthy (or Healthe) culture is also hard to beat. There are three gyms in the Kansas City area, many fitness classes, several tools available for tracking your lifestyle, and also an understanding that sometimes people take a break during the day to work out.

    ConsThe encouragement (and competition) to keep achieving tends to push people (especially Type A personalities like myself) to their limits. High pressure can be a good thing, and sometimes you have to work a little longer to get things done. However, the constant pressure associates put on themselves to reach the corporate goals often leads to burnout in a short amount of time. There are some policies in place to encourage working over 40 hours a week, however there is no corporate incentive to work 60+ hours which is what tends to happen in some organizations. I don't think this is the fault of the company though; I believe it is more of a cultural problem due to us seeing our co-workers putting in 65 hours a week and feeling like we aren't trying hard enough. (Therefore, we feel we, too, need to put in 60+ hours.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your associates to work more efficiently and remind them to have a life outside work. There are so many talented associates that work at the company, and they need to be reminded that it's okay to leave work before 6 and leave their laptops off all night.

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

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    EASY HIRE EASY FIRE

    Velocity Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsLocation. Since its in Missouri you spend less on housing, grocery, gas etc. You save more portion of your salary

    ConsCerner needs to work on their work ethics. They implement EASY HIRE EASY FIRE rule. The DevCenter training which they have, they test the new employees over there. And for small mistakes they make up a reason to fire them. Otherwise they might say you are not fit for development go for Client Support position. They interview there new employees after joining the company instead of doing it during the interview period. This is a very big issue for international students who would be joining the company if they dont have any job security. Currently I have heard they now inform the new employees before interviewing about the procedure of their devcenter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of working on your products, spend some time improving the work ethics and values.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough Love

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation. Wonderful exposure to multiple platforms of technology.

    ConsThe company can work you to the bone. The learning curve is high and it is very possible to drown. On-call shifts for many positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on encouraging work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Test analyst

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo micro management
    Very friendly environment

    ConsNo cons i can think of right now

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    Welcome to Corporate America

    Sales Executive (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat training entry into HCIT
    Don't need a lot of experience, hire straight from undergrad
    Only reason I stayed is because I was in a rotational program and got another degree in the process

    ConsHire straight from undergrad so experienced people are not valued and they are threatened by knowledge
    Very good ole boy system
    Biased country mid-west values is the culture of the company. Took awhile to stop giving BBQ to the global and Indian associates at the company though they claimed to be a 'global' company.
    Can NOT leave KCMO even if you tried and that place is not great for 20somethings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoesn't matter because they will not take it. Why change anything unless it impacts their bottom line and pockets in particular.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent company if you land in the right team

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work-life balance (though depends on the team), Free gym, most colleagues are in the same age group, great place to start your career.

    ConsWork-life balance comes at a cost. From what I have heard, the teams using cutting edge technologies have terrible work-life balance and are usually chasing the annual Cerner Health Conference deadline most of the times. On the contrary, the 'legacy' teams get pretty good work-life balance at the cost of learning and supporting old technologies (read experience which won't help you if you want to pursue another opportunity outside, unless you take the initiative of learning other things).

    Some people with terrible managerial skills are promoted to become the manager. Their idea of managing people is public humiliation of certain individuals each day in the early morning stand up meeting. You better be strong enough to not get agitated/demoralized on an everyday basis and even better yet, be prepared to give a 5 minute status update containing detailed notes of what you did yesterday on which you will be sarcastically questioned publicly with an intent to prove that you didn't work hard enough. Keep in mind, none of the questions asked publicly are asked in the 1:1 manager meetings with employees (which I think is the right place to bring it up if there are valid concerns). Though, this again depends on the manager, not all of them are like that!

    There definitely seems to be some favoritism when it comes to project allocation. I am not sure if it's entirely based on merit. Some people are given the best projects over and over again so that their promotion gets fast tracked while others just languish with not so important projects (read internal team projects or support work). I guess, again this would vary from team to team.

    If you switch teams late then your chances of promotion get diminished further.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease ensure that people with experience in the company earn at least at par with the freshers. Otherwise, the impression given is that a fresh graduate is worth more than someone with experience in the company which basically shows that it's not worth gaining experience by working here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start your career

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsCompetitive compensation for new grads
    Good experience
    Wide variety of work
    Smart people
    Good teams
    Great benefits

    ConsCEO has terrible people management skills
    Some teams have horrible work/life balance
    Some teams are really bad
    Compensation bumps are lagging

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

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    Advancement not based on merrit

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome smart people to work with, a lot to learn when you're new

    ConsPromotion and advancement are completely based on how long you've been there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange to a more merit based system

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    False Advertising, both to prospective employees as well as clients

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat health insurance, onsite clinics are very convenient
    casual dress

    Conswork life balance is almost non-existent
    pay not as comparable to other similar companies
    lack of integrity when dealing with clients. It's all oversell and under deliver, leaving clients unsatisfied and damaging trusted relationships
    Highly stressful environment
    unwritten rules and hierarchy that you learn the hard way
    disorganized
    very high turnover... hire out of college work you to death for two years and then bring in the next batch
    Maybe the top 5% of associates rise to the top, and when they do they rise quickly. Everyone else slaves away hoping for recognition and promotion but it's rarely attained no matter how many years put in.
    Every team is understaffed, each person handling way more than one person can manage effectively and not getting paid to reflect the workload. This causes disorganization and sloppy half-complete outputs. I feel like Cerner is always scrambling to clean up the messes they are always making instead of setting realistic client and project expectations and then delivering quality results.

    Advice to Senior Managementslow down, the company is growing too fast and there is widespread lack of control, consistency, discontent and organization. Lower your turnover.

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

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