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Cerner Overview

Headquarters Kansas City, MO
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1979
Type Company - Public (CERN)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Cerner is transforming health care by eliminating error, variance and waste for health care providers and consumers around the world. Our solutions optimize processes for health care organizations ranging from single-doctor practices to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical ... More

Cerner – Why Work For Us?


Strategic innovation in health care, for today and tomorrow.

At Cerner, we’re continuously building on our foundation of intelligent solutions for the health care industry. Our technologies connect people and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide, and our wide range of services support the clinical, financial and operational needs of organizations of every size.

Together with our clients, we are creating a future where the health care system works to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. By designing leading-edge health information technology, we offer strategies that empower organizations to know, manage and engage their populations. Our applications are developed with physicians in mind so they can focus on people, not technology. And providers can manage their day-to-day revenue functions with our integrated clinical and financial systems. These helpful tools are designed to work for today and think for tomorrow.

From the beginning, we have innovated at the intersection of health care and information technology. Our mission remains to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.

cHealth care is too important to stay the same™


Developing Solutions

Cerner software engineers are the brains responsible for some of the most innovative health care technology in the world. They program in a variety of languages, including (but not limited to) Java, Ruby, Objective-C, Scala, C++, C# and Clojure. They leverage technologies like J2EE, Rails, Chef, Github, Maven, MongoDB and Hadoop, among others to deliver solutions that help make you, your friends and your family live safer and healthier.

Our software engineers have a passion for learning new technologies and remain flexible and prepared for the next “new thing.” 

This community drives initiatives such as local meetups, Hack Nights and our Engineering Health blog. Our team hosts DevCon, an annual conference for all Cerner engineers, and supports external conferences, like Ruby Midwest, StrangeLoop, EclipseCon and AWS re:Invent.

Driving Change

Cerner system engineers manage complex information and design systems that support clients and Cerner business around the world. They install and support both Cerner and third-party software and are responsible for the design and implementation of data interfaces with non-Cerner information systems.

Our system engineers collaborate with internal and external teams to analyze requirements, design information flow and implement processes. 

They work with different technologies and operating systems, including (but not limited to) AIX, Linux, VMS, Windows, Citrix, Websphere and Oracle and leverage this technology to build systems designed for optimal performance, recoverability and availability.


Bridging Technology and Health Care

More than 1,800 clinicians work at Cerner to help design the most optimal technology solutions and workflows for our clients. Many started their careers in patient care and understand the need to enhance the health care experience for patients and families. To them, their work at Cerner is an extension of their ultimate goal -- quality, patient-centered health care delivery.

Innovation in health care business and finance

Join us as we work to develop comprehensive solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges.

Transforming health care requires us to think beyond the clinical setting. Patients and providers alike have to navigate the complex financial side of health care. From registration to billing and collections, Cerner is partnering with our clients to revolutionize how health and care are paid for.

That means we want passionate and forward-thinking individuals who want to work to improve health care revenue models. Roles are available in Health Information Management (HIM), Patient Access, Patient Financial Services, Case Management, Operations and more.


Do you want to do something big? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Cerner is a leading health care technology company committed to making health care safer and more efficient across the globe.

From single offices to entire countries, Cerner technology solutions are licensed by more than 14,000 facilities worldwide. To continue to push boundaries, we need pioneering minds in the fields of business, engineering and health care.


Cerner is devoted to improving the quality of life for everyone we serve. We seek to enhance communities through the development of healthy and educated individuals. To do this, we also promote entrepreneurial and innovative environments in which our associates, clients, and partners can work to improve the world we live in.

The following principles reflect Cerner’s goals for charitable and civic investments. These principles guide how and why our investments are made.

  • Health: The strength of a community is directly impacted by the health of its individuals. A healthy population will drive the long term strength of a local economy.
  • Education: Today’s world demands an evolved education system that closes the loop between education and industry. Cerner supports innovative learning in science, technology, engineering & math.
  • Economy: There is opportunity to strengthen economic development by supporting entrepreneurism, life sciences, innovation and health in our region.

First Hand Foundation

In 1995, Cerner founded the First Hand Foundation to directly fund health-related needs for individual children when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Serving as the primary philanthropic organization supported by Cerner and its associates, company funding (as well as investment income) covers all administrative costs of the foundation. This allows 100 percent of donations from associates and private donors to directly impact the health of a child.

To date, First Hand has impacted more than 164,000 lives in 83 different countries. More than $21 million has been distributed since First Hand’s inception. For more information, please visit the First Hand Foundation website. 

Economic Impact

Cerner employs nearly 16,000 (and growing!) associates in 23 offices around the globe. Approximately 10,000 associates are based in the Kansas City metro, home of Cerner’s World Headquarters. Providing over $830 million in local payroll, Cerner is one of the largest employers in Kansas City.

The economic strength of the Kansas City community is paramount to Cerner and led to the decision to bring our annual Cerner Health Conference home to Kansas City in 2007 and every year since. The Cerner Health Conference brings Cerner clients and industry partners from 19 countries to Kansas City to network and discuss key issues in healthcare. In 2013, the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association estimated the conference had a $7.2 million economic impact to the city.

Cerner associates are at the core of Cerner’s success and growth as a company. Not only do they provide the strength of Cerner’s intellectual property, they also serve as a microcosm of the broad healthcare system inspiring innovation and invention on each Cerner campus. If it doesn’t work for Cerner associates, it doesn’t work for Cerner. Employees enjoy health benefits from Cerner’s self-insured health plan, which includes access to an onsite health clinic—business concepts that are expanding throughout Kansas City and beyond.

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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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    Innovative health and technology company with many opportunities

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    Current Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Technology Architect in Kansas City, MO
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    I have been working at Cerner full-time (Less than a year)


    Lots of great opportunities with exciting technologies. Pretty casual environment and many onsite amenities including gym, pool, basketball and racquetball courts and cafes. Many green initiatives and philanthropic efforts to support communities and individuals with health care needs. Collaborative work environment and good people.


    Might have to work long hours occasionally. Not much else to say here especially compared to other companies this is a really good place.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries. More incentives for associates who invest in the company.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cerner.


    The interview process is well organized and swift. My hiring recruiter was very helpful and responded quickly to emails. The interview questions are not out-of-this-world difficult. If you do well in school and are a competent computer scientist, you will be able to give good answers. They will look for your skills and interests so they can figure out which team at Cerner (if any) you belong to.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a class to hold data about something medical related, like an allergy or medicine. Answer a few behavioral questions involving group work.   Answer Question

Cerner Awards & Accolades

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  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2015
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2015
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2014
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