Cerner Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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  1. Cerner Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Great Benefits with the fitness center and having a health center on campus. Also have an opportunity to get involved with a great charity organization, First Hand which then connects you to volunteer around the city.

    Cons

    Be cautious when you are interviewing initially and they draw you in by saying you will definitely have the opportunity to travel 100% if you want to. That is not true at all as that is solely dependent on business need and where you get placed in the company.


  2. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a good corporate fun culture

    Cons

    a bad corportate fun culture

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say at this time


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Place for a First Jon Out of College

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Velocity Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Velocity Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Cerner is a young company. Depending on the position, there are opportunities to travel. There is a gym on campus that offers personal training and fitness classes. There are plenty of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Cerner tends to overwork employees by assigning them too many projects at one time. Recently, they cut the bonus you got if you did an average of 44 hours of client work a week for a quarter. They also cut back on travel per diem.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to overworked employees. Some positions have a high turnover, and management needs to look at themselves for that problem. Traveling every week can be exhausting.


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative and freedom to attack problems in new and different ways. Multiple monthly topical meetups to network and learn throughout the company. Annual conferences (DevCon and DataCon, Managers Conference) to support development growth. Flexible schedules and generally good management.

    Cons

    Roles don't always describe job duties, and pay is assigned to roles. Switching roles does not change pay - so you had better enter with high paying role or you will be stuck in a lower bracket than peers.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out how to keep non-engineering associates happy in job. Provide career tracks.


  6. Systems Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, Fast-Paced, obtain cutting-edge skills for IT, collaborative, pay good

    Cons

    Very demanding, no work/life balance if you wish to succeed, pigeon-holed

    Advice to Management

    Give idea of role by shadowing realisticly before any testing/aptitude test


  7. Good company lots of growth but treated as a body to fill a need. Little say about your career path after training.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Young workforce
    Decent hours
    Growing industry and company
    Mobility isn't bad, more lateral than vertical

    Cons

    More worried about business need than employees
    Lack of communication


  8. Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    College like atmosphere. Young and energetic.

    Cons

    Under compensated. Cubical work environment.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Great first time job. Can't see myself here forever.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for entry level. Mostly young workforce so plenty of people to meet and hang out with.

    Cons

    Overworked. Hard to move up. If you have a bad manager you won't get a raise at review cycle. CREs can ruin a consulting project for you.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your workforce. Don't push people to the brink of their sanity and act like nothing's wrong. Also showing a little more appreciation for hard work would be nice.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great place to start, don't get stuck forever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Consultant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Consultant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great way to introduce yourself into an amazing and high paying field
    -There are a TON of extremely intelligent people working for Cerner. Find a mentor, start leeching and then get out after 3 years.
    -Network, network, network
    -Great, young working environment. We have joked that the company is actually a modeling agency in disguise (Miss Kansas USA 2013 works at Cerner!)
    -"independent" and self directing folks will love it here. Little direction, tons to learn.

    Cons

    -little direction: like another reviewer posted, Cerner is an IT company so EVERYTHING is online. It is almost impossible to find anything. You literally have a learning curve to their 'uCern' and wiki pages. Their search algorithm seems like it was written 100 BC. Sharepoint is terrible. There really isn't a structure to any type of training (there is a very basic outline, but absolutely nothing in depth).
    - your knowledge base is determined by the number of clients/type of clients you have
    -promotions are based on how long you have been there and have almost nothing to do with your ability. They also have to do with what team you are on....so someone who started at the same time as you who knows absolutely nothing could get a 20k pay raise while your still making nothing
    -pay is awful compared to the industry standard. They just lowered the standard pay as of this year as well because it was "above the industry standard" which is bogus
    -The work life balance is completely determined by the team your on and the position you are in. In terms of consulting, there is currently (as of may 2015) an entire corporate restructuring in the consulting field...no one in consulting agree's with this and it's going to be an epic fail. I'm not entirely positive on all of the details, but basically you are going to have build monkeys (delivery consultants) and then the 'architects' that travel to the client sites. This is also going to be determinant based on how much an associate wants to travel.
    -You aren't fully vested until 5 years
    -You get so sick and tired of meeting other Cerner employees at the bars

    Advice to Management

    -focus on automation. You are an IT company that has been around for 30+ years and it still takes ~two years to implement a full system. Client -> excel spreadsheet -> Cerner build Monkey -> database should never exist; it should be client -> spreadsheet -> database.
    -STANDARD is a farce
    -start promoting people based on their skill set. I have 6 solutions under my belt and answered questions from people at the company 5+ years and I was making less than half


  11. Helpful (1)

    User Experience Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Cerner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The user experience team is a really great work environment. Everyone is very friendly and supportive. Pretty laid back atmosphere. My manager is a designer too and he's always available to give me tips and advice. It's the best team I've ever been part of. I heard horror stories about crazy deadlines and Cerner over working people, but I rarely ever work more than 40 hours a week. Plus I think improving healthcare is a fulfilling job, and the pay is good too.

    Cons

    The design work isn't that innovative. Designers aren't embeded on solution teams so it can be difficult to get the team to implement your recommendations. Projects can drag on without a clear direction. The design team is experiencing increased turn over lately. The cafeteria food has some room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Build time for user experience into the development process and provide a mechanism to escalate issues when then arise and push recommendations through.



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