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Cerner Software Engineer Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance for my team is great (in 147 reviews)

  • Pretty good place to start a career (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Must be good at work/life balance to avoid burnout (in 204 reviews)

  • You may find yourself working long hours (in 153 reviews)

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  1. "Work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies for a beginner to work. Lot of cool and latest technologies are used and it’s a good learning curve for new grads. No lot of pressure on work and always a friendly and party environment in teams

    Cons

    PTO for new employees is not as good as other companies. A part from that, I don’t think of any other cons

    Advice to Management

    Please offer more benefits for employees


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good job right out of college. Can be used as a springboard to better things. Some teams are quite lenient, and if you make yourself a valuable asset, you may just be able to land a remote gig (but this is very rare).

    Cons

    Not remote friendly, pay and PTO is on the low side. Experience varies by team, but on mine, work from home during office hours was only allowed in special cases, despite all of our tools being remote capable. If you want to get good pay raises, you need to put in more hours, as hours worked is taken into account during annual review.
    Also, expect a lot of churn. Most people aim for senior engineer, then use that to get a better job elsewhere, so the most experienced people are always leaving. This means most teams a composed of mostly fresh grads, with only a few senior people left to keep things together.

    Advice to Management

    I think they should focus on retaining talent, because relying on a stream of cheap fresh grads costs far more than paying experienced people to stay. I've seen people leave who were probably worth 5+ fresh college grads, but only paid about 1.5x as much. Some people who have worked here for many years make only a few grand more than fresh hires with zero experience, giving very little incentive to stay.

  3. "Great company, but slightly lonely"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great food, nice technology, treat employees well

    Cons

    I didn't feel really apart of my team. I was off doing my on thing, working on my own code most of the time.


  4. "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.


  5. "Good Company to start your career from"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to learn and innovative people

    Cons

    not competitive when it comes to salary


  6. "Best company to work for in mid west region."

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different and new technologies. Good work-life balance. Your smart work will be recognized.

    Cons

    Slow career growth. Depending on the project you may work with legacy technologies and softwares. A Little bit of low compensation compared to the market values.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Really depends on the team

    Cons

    do not go to CTS, technical competency isn't really up to par.

    Advice to Management

    management who came from Sprint is killing the company

  8. "Good Place"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people in the IT department. It's a big company, lots of interesting stuff to do provided you're in the right place.

    Cons

    The coffee machines had long waits because they made them fresh every single time. Dope machines but it took a while.

    Advice to Management

    More donuts every week. I heard a lot of people like donuts.


  9. "Software Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of fun intern events, great mentorship program, and everyone I worked with was very helpful.

    Cons

    Getting the right team can be kind of tricky.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pathetic managers, less work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, some talented teammates

    Cons

    Most Teams have pathetic managers. No matter how talented you are and how good you are at coding, your success is decided by your manager. Apart from doing your work, you need to try all sorts of show offs to make your manager happy. Else you are criticized and ironically low rated. Also many Teams do legacy stuff and you hardly learn anything new. The pay is low. The managers continuously criticize you and keep finding negatives in your work leaving you with least motivation to work.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be anonymously evaluated by team. Cerner should make sure they choose managers through their skills to manage people effectively, support and motivate team members and remain calm in situation of crisis rather than choosing them through experience.