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Cerner Software Engineer Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Work/life balance for my team is great (in 135 reviews)

  • Pretty good place to start a career (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Software"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Balance
    Great Management
    Work balance is good

    Cons

    Management and opportunities to work in exciting technology is limited

    Advice to Management

    provide more opportunities to Software engineer


  2. "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance in my team
    Since Cerner is a big company, you will love it or hate it based on the team you get into and your manager. The work culture changes team to team. I have worked in 2 different teams and both teams have been great.

    - Good Benefits/ Good campus
    The new Innovations campus has a great gym, game room, lots of open space and a nice cafeteria. Cerner also provides good health benefits.

    Cons

    - Less career growth opportunities. Most people join Cerner right out of college and leave after 2 - 5 years. It is because career growth is ridiculously slow.
    - Cerner pays less compared to other software companies.

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, benefits, good for new software engineer.
    Feels good to be working in health care industry.
    401k match upto 6%, 120 hrs of vacation.

    Cons

    May have to work extended hours or weekends
    Pay grade is less for experienced engineer
    Growth is limited for experienced engineer.


  4. "Good place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a good environment can learn a lot within the team.

    Cons

    it is a little bit difficult for your hard work to be recognized

    Advice to Management

    Doing great job keep it up


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great jumping off point. But remember to jump."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience. I was lucky to work on a very important team with some extremely intelligent people. Challenging projects and open-minded engineers. Code quality and testing highly stressed. Also really fond of my management. I would highly recommend them as a starter-mid level position. High visibility company and well-known name in the EHR field. Also brand new, very cool building for engineers.

    Cons

    24-hour support call duties every few weeks, but very team dependent. Plenty of middle-of-the-night weekend calls lasting hours. Towards the end, was working 60-80 hour weeks for a few months to meet project deadlines and really took a health toll. Culture basically nonexistant but they do try. Compensation was decent but glacial. Newer hires making more than me after years of experience. Lots of proprietary knowledge useless at other companies. Feels like you can never leave, but I'm living proof. Expect to have your salary bumped quite a bit at your next position.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good company to start your career. Lot of opportunities to learn new technologies. Team oriented culture. Onsite clinic on most of campus are very useful.

    Cons

    The compensations like yearly bonus are very low. You have to fight really hard to grow. Sometimes you feel like stuck in a position for years.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate employees


  7. "Decent company, depending on the team"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Note, I have worked for two teams and they are like night and day. I am basing this review off my current team, which is much better than my previous team.

    - good work/life balance (this definitely varies by team)
    - manager who truly cares about the team
    - team outings every once in a while and have fun along with the hard work
    - good health insurance (this is a huge pro for me! even with the out-of-pocket max increase this year, it is better than some others )
    - uCern is a great resource if utilized (it has helped me so much with CCL!)

    Cons

    - HR expects at least roughly 15% overtime - 45 to 50 hours a week. Anything less than 45 is frowned on
    - No cost-of-living increase for a move away from Kansas City (cheap C.O.L!) to a more expensive city
    - some teams have a "live to work" instead of "work to live" mentality (my first team was like this)
    - along with the previous bullet point... how you view Cerner really depends on which team you are placed on. work/life balance, culture, being able to talk to a manager about problems frankly... it all depends on the team.
    - becoming a CCL expert can silo you, and isn't great resume material since it's a proprietary language

    Advice to Management

    nothing that I can think of

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New campuses with great perks.

    Cons

    Work satisfaction can vary greatly by team


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good for freshers for a year or two

    Cons

    Too much politics. No value of real work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good environment and working hour

    Cons

    salary lower compared to coast

    Advice to Management

    keep the pace up and keep going