Cerner Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
674 Reviews
3.5
674 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.  

    Overall great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good learning experience
    Great work culture

    Cons

    we should not have expectations on salary range

  2.  

    Lack of Leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    A job to come to daily

    Cons

    No support from management. I work 50, 60 hour weeks with no recognition
    Management talks down to team leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank-you calls, emails etc would help turn around and keep people with the company

  3.  

    Great Place to Start a Career

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

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

    Pros

    The people around you are fairly young which can be a bad thing, but they are all "go getters" For those looking to launch their career with a bang and to learn this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Growth in the company can be tough, they will work you hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into the associates and compensate them accordingly. Take money off the table and you will be able to retain them for years to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Exciting start, weird culture

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Gym at the WHQ is great!
    The benefits are very decent.
    Management/HR was very understanding and worked with me when I had to take short-term leave due to an emergency surgery.
    Plenty of travel opportunities.
    It is absolutely awesome to work with providers/hospitals/hospital staff!

    Cons

    First and foremost: the culture. It is almost like a culture of fear. One of the things I remember most about my first day during their Onboarding training was "don't mess up for x reason, or you will always be remembered for x..."

    Very much a cult of personality culture as well. Many young people which was nice , but very strange in that it seemed "cult-like" with some people (very hard to describe, and I do not mean to say that this carries to all employees, just a general sense and my opinion).

    It is a literal TON of information to digest during the first few months, and it is not easily understood the first time through. I would estimate that 70 percent of what I learned in the first couple of months at Cerner were not used in my day-to-day job after the fact.

    You are expected to always be billable (for good reason-you are being paid to ensure that Cerner meets its quarterly goals), however I found that the ways in which managers would try and promote this were fairly unethical at best, and downright lying to clients in terms of work accomplished at worst.

    I felt that I could not perform my job adequately with the information I was trained with within a few months of learning the material. It is very difficult to try and learn when you are trained for things which you will never use, and are then expected to immediately know how to build code for a completely different solution.

    Most of the day consisted of answering emails and building out different solutions for clients, and becoming increasingly frustrated at the Wiki pages that you are expected to utilize for literally almost everything pertaining to your job build-wise. Very frustrating as I feel that I learn better in a social environment and this wasn't used enough in my opinion.

    Compensation was initially average, however the annual raises are awful. It is completely up to your manager who you may or may not see in the office (I saw mine about once or twice a month). Therefore, depends on your personal relationship with your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe your long-term goals are great (especially with population health!), however I believe that the culture is not conducive to an atmosphere where you feel valued. The annual raise/review was very poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was good until some manager doesn't like you or you grow past the "desired age range"

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

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

    Pros

    You gain a great insight into Healtcare and if you work "client facing" you get to see more of what Healthcare is for the nurses and doctors that work each day for their patients. You can gain a technical background if you are clinical and a clinical perspective if you are technical.

    Cons

    It seems that most of the people that survive the longest are the non boat rockers. The conformist to the work culture. If you are a pro company person you will do well. But that may be at the expense of your clients. Timelines to implement their systems are strenuous to say the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that from the beginning when clients are designing their systems that you spend more time in helping them design a system and before they are ready to Go Live plan on optimization of the original design and adjusting the system to better facilitate the clinical resources that will be using it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay place to work

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice Facilities, competitive pay, collaborative team environment

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance can be a struggle at times

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company but too many restrictions around moving to different teams and gaining exposure.

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong immigration team
    Agile environment
    Good scope to work on new projects (depending on the team)

    Cons

    Not much career progression
    Pay hikes are really low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Tough Love

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on encouraging work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Test analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    No micro management
    Very friendly environment

    Cons

    No cons i can think of right now

  11.  

    Welcome to Corporate America

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Hire 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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