Cerner Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
685 Reviews

3.6
685 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent company if you land in the right team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Cerner full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work-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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start your career

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Advancement not based on merrit

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change to a more merit based system

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    False Advertising, both to prospective employees as well as clients

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, onsite clinics are very convenient
    casual dress

    Cons

    work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to start, terrible place to finish...

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you don't want to work hard, they don't seem to care (people constantly missing deadlines for 18+ months and no corrective actions taken)
    You can get some decent experience
    Flexible work hours outside of "crunch time"

    Cons

    If you do work hard, they don't seem to care
    It's a revolving door, more people have left the company than are currently working there
    Health insurance costs a ridiculous amount when you include the enormous deductible
    Management in some orgs will lie directly to your face to "motivate" you to work hard and meet deadlines
    They'll hire a bunch of nearly useless contractors for 3x the normal salary of a developer, the contractors will then drag the entire team down with their terrible code, and then when it comes time for a raise the developers that actually contributed to success will be left high and dry
    Compensation is a complete joke once you have 5+ years of experience
    They would rather replace talented and experienced engineers with someone that costs less money and takes 3 times as long to implement anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not robots. If you want to keep talented and hard working people, you should probably consider paying them more than peanuts to work those 70 hour "crunch time" weeks. If someone can walk out the door and immediately get a 35% or higher raise at another company in an area with comparable cost of living then you're doing something wrong.

    The only reason I can find that any developer stays at Cerner longer than 5 years is because they're either too lazy to look anywhere else, or no one else will hire them. The architects and future leaders of Cerner are just lazy and/or incompetent engineers (in most cases, there are rare exceptions).

    Get rid of dead weight. If everything a developer does causes the rest of the team to lose time fixing it, he/she needs to go elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    There are so many professional opportunities. The office culture is positive. You gain a ton of valueable consulting experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance. If you work 40 hours a week, you're an under-acheiver. I also don't like that there are very few minorities in leadership and management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More formal training and more competitive compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Visibility, opportunity to learn and make design level decisions

    Cons

    I don't really see many cons. One thing I would say is the filtering process after recruiting. Some good ones are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do something regarding the DevAcademy structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of room for advancement, lots of hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, high achieving co-workers

    Cons

    Many hours, sometimes unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to keep employees that exceed expectations arond

  10.  

    A daily challenge!

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Cerner can be an exhilarating experience, there is a lot to learn and to do on a daily basis which provides the challenge that makes one's work exciting.

    Cons

    Get ready to give your all and to put aside all the other non essential activities in your life. They work you hard and are constants on your case for results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Compensation and mission are both great.

    Cons

    Growth leads to a numbers game at times.

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