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Good company, bad people

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Outstanding company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Leader in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engagement Leader in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and people at this company

    Cons

    Role required a lot of travel, but company was very up front about that

    Advice to Management

    Management is strong and very interested in developing employees into leaders, great place to work!


  2. Good place to start a career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Large, vey rapidly growing company. Accurate performance reviews and compensation increases based on review. Well organized and easy interview process. Good orientation and training program. Cafeteria food is decent in all campuses but any decent restaurant is at least 20 minutes away. Decent fitness centers available. This company is highly profitable and it shows. Hiring lots of new young people. Will most likely be using Java, but maybe C++ or other language.

    Cons

    Health insurance plan has $1400 deductible, some of which you can earn back by completing certain health improvement tasks. 45 to 50 hour work weeks, but not as bad as some previous reviews have suggested. Will expect to you have knowledge that is not normally taught in school. Try to figure out which campus you'll be working at or you may have a long commute. Overland park is a good place to live if you're at innovations. Six-month lease probably better than 12 month. Don't think about living in KC without a car. Bike paths or public transportation are non-existant.

    Advice to Management

    Relocation reimbursement is too low for people moving in from other states. This company does not seem to have an in-house QA deparment and relies too much on engineers not to introduce bugs, although this is just a perception and may not be fact.


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