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Updated November 8, 2017
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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  • Must be good at work/life balance to avoid burnout (in 203 reviews)

  • You may find yourself working long hours (in 151 reviews)

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  1. "Good starter job"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training
    Good team environments
    Agile methodologies
    Good culture
    Nice very campuses with a large amount of open space

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, expected to sell your soul if you want to advance professionally. Lots of corporate politicking involved. Impossible timelines for critical projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic and competitive. Employees aren't expected to stay long, so annual compensation is not very good. You will fall behind the market average within a year.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solution analyst"

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Analyst in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Analyst in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My management team in my second position with cerner was awesome. Ability to work from home with my second position as well.

    Cons

    Long hours, high demand, low salary. Was given a cost of living raise of 1%.... long list actually. My first position with cerner had a very poor management staff who only cared about meeting their numbers and not the employees

    Advice to Management

    You’re a multi billion dollar company, I think you can afford to pay your employees a higher wage to keep them around instead of shuffling in new kids who just graduated college. Training on the fly also isn’t a great idea with medical software

  3. "Some jobs will work you ragged"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seemed to keep up with pay

    Cons

    Many jobs will burn you out


  4. "Company that doesn't care about people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot and grow professionally. Corporate has some fun people.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about their people and has some bad leaders (some great ones too). People are a number and their thought is to work people as hard as they can until they leave.

    Advice to Management

    The success of the company isn't because of the people that sit in offices it is the people that are doing the work with clients every day.


  5. "Consulting Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Travel, if you're allowed o but htey will tell you that you will be traveling a lot and you really won't be

    Cons

    Management is anal, micromanagement, long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying


  6. "Don't plan to stay unless you hope to retire here"

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    Former Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Integration Architect in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great experience, fast paced, great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Heavily proprietary, issues within leadership, cult culture

    Advice to Management

    hold true to Neil Pattersons values


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Consulting Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A lot of latitude for young professionals. Startup environment that caters to work-life balance. Flexibility to change careers within Cerner...you can start out in consulting and become a Software Engineer if you wish, the structure if there. Chance to travel the country, especially places you would never go to otherwise. Kansas City was a lot more progressive than I thought it would be. Decent pay for what it is. Eye-opening experience.

    Cons

    Your time at Cerner as a Consulting Analyst is predicated on who becomes your manager. Some are poor exemplars, while others are top notch. While Kansas City is pretty progressive, and cool for what it is, it is still smack dab in the Midwest, borderline South. With that said, the sensibilities and personalities you will find here are reflective of that geography, conservative leaning and parochial world views at times. As a demographic minority from California, this culture took a while to get used to. Finally, Consulting in Healthcare IT is a double edged sword. While it is a healthy and stable industry, it is fairly limiting with regards to exit opportunities. The longer you stay in health IT consulting, the bleaker your job prospects will be outside of the industry. If you wish to leave the industry, you should do it by the end of your 2nd year here. With that said, the turnover rate here is pretty high, somewhere around 20% leave within the first few years. This is way above the industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Attract more coastal talent, especially those with open minds and global perspectives. Cerner is headed in the right direction, you just need more diversity in thought and skin color. Hire significantly fewer people, and increase pay accordingly. This will keep turnover down.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Testing"

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    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a lot of great benefits.

    Cons

    Testers are not treated well at all. They are considered second class citizens. The responsibility seems to only fall on the test analysts. I was even given a hard time about reporting bugs before they were tested. Herd mentality is very much expected. As long as you stay in the herd you will be fine. It is a lot like working in high school again.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your QA staff. They are only trying to make your products better.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cerner Malvern IP management needs to learn to manage and stop reproducing the same nonsense."

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    Current Employee - Solutions Manager in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Solutions Manager in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company, whose HQ is in KC, as a whole has a great profile and is one of the true leaders in the industry. Malvern campus has some real talented senior people and enthusiastic junior associates that can make a significant impact for Cerner if they can get good management at that campus.

    Cons

    KC HQ has plenty of opportunities but its questionable if the Malvern Pa campus will stay open especially with the left over management from Siemens. They don't know how to manage people let alone software development and there is a lot of antiquated thinking with their so-called lead people. If you're hoping for support and mentoring from management, forget it. The management will throw everyone under the bus and lie to save themselves. Flanagan is a great leader but I'm not sure he can change this "good old boy network" that has been built up over many years.

    Advice to Management

    Really examine the leadership in Malvern and start chopping positions. Ask the people who really do the work what they think and not he management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Promotions based on relationship with your boss"

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay.
    Stable.
    On Going Projects.

    Cons

    Limited Career opportunities.
    Promotions are based on personal impressions.


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