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Cerner Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance for my team is great (in 122 reviews)

  • Pretty good place to start a career (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Although I love going to the client site the work life balance was off (in 186 reviews)

  • You may start off working very long hours (60 (in 137 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Linux engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linux Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Linux Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A progressive company with updated technologies and infrastructure

    Cons

    A well-known company for having sweatshop like mentality workforce

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the sweatshop workforce mentality


  2. "Good to start, but fizzles out quickly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Great competitive starting salaries.
    Young work force, making up the majority of the metro area.
    Multiple locations make it an easy place to live by and drive to.
    Good diversity through to the top.

    Cons

    There are so many women at this company in leadership positions who are NOT open to promoting other women while it seems that men are open to promoting the most qualified. This leads to somewhat of an imbalanced middle-management tier.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye out for those in charge keeping their direct reports below them just because they are a woman, ESPECIALLY when the one in charge is a woman.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great associates employed within the company and many share the same vision/passion that the senior leaders have about the direction of the company. On site health clinic, workout facilities, and cafe are very convenient. They seem to do a lot for the Kansas City community via volunteer opportunities, the First Hand Foundation, and other off site events.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non-existent in organizations that I have worked within while employed. You can see the frustrations and the burnout on the faces of the associates within these organizations while you pass them in the elevator, see them in the cafe, or leaving the buildings late at night. Plus, since you can carry your laptop home, you're always available and your managers will point that out and expect you to work overtime due to the lack of resourcing. Churn-and-burn is well know to external recruiters.

    Advice to Management

    Look around at your team and ask yourself "Do my reports look miserable?" The answer should be very obvious if you actually take the time to look at your team structure and the attrition rate of your team or teams that fall into your org. Actually review the time salaried associates log weekly. Some teams/organizations have great leadership with very little associate turnover but others do not have enough associates to handle the workload. The manager's response is to work more efficiently versus having extra staffing on hand and redistributing the workload to make it more balanced stop being so concerned with not having enough work to go around. It has to be more costly to lose a current associate, back-fill that person's spot (4-6 weeks), and then spend another 4-6 months to train new associate.


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  5. "tough culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Global Mobility Specialist in North Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Global Mobility Specialist in North Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Cerner (More than a year)

    Pros

    Encourages you to live a healthy lifestyle, offers full gym with classes for free.

    Cons

    Tough culture to transition into as an experienced hire.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Armed Security Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Armed Security Officer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cerner (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime. Lots of training.

    Cons

    Tasks/amount of work is constantly being piled on. There is no end to the amount of mundane/excessive busy work this company will pile on its security officers. Recognition program is a joke. Benefits are not very good at all but are constantly being hyped as amazing. There is zero room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the pay scale to more closely match the leader in the industry.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great for One or Two Years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Team Lead in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Team Lead in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people that work here are outgoing and are enjoyable to work with. When young and new from college, traveling is an exciting career prospect.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership. The company continues to reduce employee benefits. Recently required all employees to sign an agreement that would not allow them to sue the company for any reason (if you didn't sign, you would no longer earn raises). The culture is 'fear'.


  8. "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Controller in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Engagement Controller in Kansas City, KS

    I have been working at Cerner (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible, great for those just beginning their careers

    Cons

    lack of growth and opportunities


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Outdated Software and problems with Work/Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good for someone being out of college for less than a year and a half, but boy will they make you work for it.

    Cons

    During the interview I was told I would be working with servers and building them. When I got to the office I was essentially support on the phone with Cerner clients working on 6-8 month long projects with outdated software that didn't function well. There were year old bugs in the installer and little to no help from peers as they were often too busy with their own projects to assist. The system engineer team is severely understaffed for the amount of work they get.

    No office culture/chemistry. Everyone is careful of each other and afraid to interact. The office was dead silent most days with a few people talking. This caused issues with miscommunication most of the time.

    Life and work balance is a problem. Some engineers were working 60-70 hour weeks without pay doing projects on weekends, and overnight because they had too much on their plate that work starts to run into their life.

    I ended up not putting up with this and left after 2 months of being there.

    Do no work for Cerner, if work/life balance is important to you. They will start you off slow but they will overload you.

    Advice to Management

    Do not overload your engineers. They have a lot to do and too little time. Check in on your new associates rather than expecting them to approach you with their concerns...


  10. "Business Development Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Conshohocken, PA
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Conshohocken, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cerner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great Benefits
    - Very helpful direct management
    - Enthusiastic Senior Management

    Cons

    - Good for early career but lacks the competitive salary for early management
    - No clear HQ message
    - HR not the best in terms of associate development

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to retain early career talent.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "No work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Wellness Program Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Wellness Program Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Colleagues are great. Office has fully stocked kitchen and meditation room.

    Cons

    No work life/balance. Short staffed, overworked.


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