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Good company, bad people

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

Pros

-Promotions are fairly easy. Expect a promotion to a senior title within a year if you aren't stupid.
-Work/life balance is fine if you aren't a consultant or developer.
-Considering the relatively low cost of living in KC, the pay is decent.
-The people hired who are actually competent are very nice to be around.
-Challenging work and a high learning curve - a Pro if this is something you enjoy

Cons

The first problem with Cerner is the current rapid growth. Many hires are extremely unqualified and are only placed on business need. These people are eventually weeded out, but cause stress on everyone else until they realize this isn't for them and leave.

Promotions to management, however, are just as bad. It's not unheard of for a lead to ask their team "Who wants to be a team lead?" and just choose whoever they like best that raises their hand. Instead of moving someone who would actually do a good job in management, it's whoever the hiring person likes best.

The second equally as bad (if not worse) problem is consulting - specifically the consultants for client integration and engagement. They will throw anyone they can under the bus, scream to exec's, and completely belittle and insult anyone who argues against them. It's amazing how they are able to get away with (and commended for) borderline verbal harassment. When dealing with fellow associates, be ready to be used as a scapegoat.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop promoting unqualified people. Promotions are entirely based on politics and who knows who. And stop allowing consultants to get their way 100% of the time - back up your associates when they're getting unreasonably yelled at, and do something about the obnoxious consultants. Management needs to grow a back-bone and know when to say No, regardless of the consequences. Otherwise, the bright associates will continue to leave.

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Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked with a very fun, cooperative team. Got to develop software that would actually be used by my team rather than regular intern "grunt work". Learned quite a bit about the company as a whole along the way.

    Cons

    Had a few issues with room arrangements (AC problems, moving rooms) at dorm the interns stayed at, but other than that nothing in particular.

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    Great place to kick-start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Support Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with other young professionals who you can grow and network with.
    A lot of bright, innovative thinkers from which to glean new ideas and experience.
    Great campus and perks.
    Cerner will continue to be at the forefront of the healthcare IT industry for the next 10-20 years.

    Cons

    On-call shifts from time to time.
    Pay may not be as comparable to other related companies.
    Learning curve is quite steep for some of the new hires being thrown on the front lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop the stellar training programs and provide clearer routes of development and mobility.

    Recommends
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