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Centene Applications Software Engineer Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Application Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Easy environment.
    2. Long Term Career Growth for employees.

    Cons

    1. Poor IT infrastructure.
    2. No proper Training provided for IT skills. If training was for provided to the employees on IT skills which the company requires, it would make Centene a top place for IT and would save the company millions of dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Centene needs to catch up on IT. Train your IT employees to expert levels. This would make them extraordinary resources.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Sweatshop"

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    Current Employee - Project Lead Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Project Lead Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is very stable. Benefits are good. Lots of growth potential in the future. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    Works IT personnel to death. Does not trust employees. Fundamental flaws in processes are left unfixed, all focus is on security and compliance and not on proper IT governance. Upper IT management completely staffed with sociopaths who use people up and spit them out. Talented people leave quickly, so majority of employees in IT are mediocre and afraid. Culture of bullying starts at CIO and extends outward from there.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CIO who isn't a sociopath. Fire all the VP's and Directors.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High growth with plenty of opportunities. Great and well educated staff. Great place to learn from others. Sharing ideas and implementing them are well accepted.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability on the behalf of individuals. Claims to be Agile but does not practice correctly. Can be hectic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible and transparent with projects. Promote from within and do not hire to fill senior roles.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, very high paced. Lots of different project opportities at the same time.

    Cons

    Normal workday 10 to 12 hours. Always feel like your weeks behind schedule. They wiil push you till you break

    Advice to Management

    Too tough. There is not work life bslance.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Applications Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are super nice. Benefits are great (401k, stock purchase plan, medical, dental, vision, the usual).

    Cons

    Stereo-typical "Corporate America" type culture. Office politics. Old school way of management. Office politics. Business formal attire. Office politics. I am an Applications Engineer, but the engineers and developers are undervalued and certainly underpaid. Centene has no real clue what the market value is for a Software Engineer. I feel bad for the young developers who come in expecting an "IT Shop", but in reality Centene is a "Business Analyst" shop. If you are an aspiring developer/software engineer/programmer DO NOT COME TO CENTENE. I repeat DO NOT come to CENTENE. If anything, just interview and get an offer as leverage for another company's offer. Centene thinks they're "agile", but in reality they have no idea what being "agile" really means. Centene uses a "corporate america" idea of agile. Last but not least, office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. Stop being so uptight. For a company trying to bring in new and young talent, you should really research what it is that attracts those people. And in case you didn't know, the shirt and tie are outdated. DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR THOSE IN IT TO DRESS BUSINESS FORMAL EVERYDAY AT CORPORATE WHEN WE NEVER DEAL WITH DIRECT CLIENTS???? IT is stressful enough, do we really need to feel constricted in our attire. Also, CENTENE loves to talk about being a growth company, but they never talk about the growing problems of a growth company.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "One of the Worst Companies I have ever worked for."

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    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits if you participate in Healthy Pathways.

    Cons

    Lots that I can think of:

    1. Long hours.
    2. Often must work weekends.
    3. No bonuses
    4. No work from home options
    5. Stressful environment
    6. Glass cubes walls. Be prepared to be on display all day.
    7. Unrealistic deadlines.
    8. Poor Senior leadership. CEO seems more interested in being seen in the Ladue News than anything related to the company.
    9. Company doesnt get rid of poor managers. They just shuffle them to another department to create the same problems there.
    10. Crazy high turnover of staff. You would be hard pressed to find many people who have been there even a few years.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Short Term Employment Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Working in Clayton
    2. Covered Parking
    3. Good Health Benefits
    4. Onsite Cafe.
    5. Free onsite Health Clinic

    Cons

    I went into this hoping for a longer term of employement but unfortunately it just didnt work out. With the constant change in both direction and management and then adding in the high employee turnover it just became too stressful for me to stay.

    The review process is awful basically because you have to justify your existance for being there just to stay at your current level. It is nearly impossible to grow and move up levels. You can work 50 - 60 hours a week but one mess up during your review period and that is the basis for your review. It often felt as if they want you to fail so they do not have to give you a raise or bonus.

    Advice to Management

    You talk as if there is a concern for Work/Family life balance but your actions say differently.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Happy to be gone."

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    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Health benefits.
    On site cafe.
    Worked with some great people.

    Cons

    Leadership will praise your hard work and long hours but less than a minute later will tell you that you should be happy you have a job in this economy.

    Too many managers and not enough staff to actually do the work which leads to a very stressful work environment trying to turn a deliverable around in a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to begin thinking of your IT staff as an valuable asset and not as a expendible resource.

    Comments from IT leadership describing why IT professionals chose IT as a career like "this is the life we chose" only highlights your distain for your employees. I think you would be hard pressed to find anybody in IT who chose it as a career so they could work long hours including weekends and major holidays.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "An overall bad experience"

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    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good health benefits if you participate in Healthy Pathway program
    Cafe is nice plus as an employee you get a discounted price as an employee.

    Cons

    I have been here less than 5 months and I am ready to leave. Many of my issues are the same ones others have already posted.

    Senior management acts as if you should be happy you have a job.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Stressful environment"

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    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get challenges every moment of every day. If you are single and can perform better when pressed, this is the the dream job for you.
    And you can get a lot done every day. And you will kind of feel you can accomplish a lot.
    Nice Cafeteria and a good selection of food.

    Cons

    1. Stressful work environment: lots of work to do in a very short period. during this "Agile" development process, you have to estimate your tasks in hours, not but days. You have to accomplish something in every hour or you will fall behind the schedule. No padding time scheduled for any unexpected events however they always happen. So every day, you feel like you are fighting a fire after another fire and there is no time for you to catch your breath.
    2. "Meet at work and work at home": The teams are moving so fast and lots of meetings are scheduled to keep everyone on the same page. you spend 4 hours in meetings and your manager expect you to do 8 hours of work. So working overtime is a common thing here.
    3. Lots of "slave drivers" in management. Managers, directors, and senior management want one thing from you: get the work done and do it faster...

    Advice to Management

    Slow down with the growth and let your employees catch their breath.