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"Good company, bad people"

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Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

-Promotions are fairly easy. Expect a promotion to a senior title within a year if you aren't stupid.
-Work/life balance is fine if you aren't a consultant or developer.
-Considering the relatively low cost of living in KC, the pay is decent.
-The people hired who are actually competent are very nice to be around.
-Challenging work and a high learning curve - a Pro if this is something you enjoy

Cons

The first problem with Cerner is the current rapid growth. Many hires are extremely unqualified and are only placed on business need. These people are eventually weeded out, but cause stress on everyone else until they realize this isn't for them and leave.

Promotions to management, however, are just as bad. It's not unheard of for a lead to ask their team "Who wants to be a team lead?" and just choose whoever they like best that raises their hand. Instead of moving someone who would actually do a good job in management, it's whoever the hiring person likes best.

The second equally as bad (if not worse) problem is consulting - specifically the consultants for client integration and engagement. They will throw anyone they can under the bus, scream to exec's, and completely belittle and insult anyone who argues against them. It's amazing how they are able to get away with (and commended for) borderline verbal harassment. When dealing with fellow associates, be ready to be used as a scapegoat.

Advice to Management

Stop promoting unqualified people. Promotions are entirely based on politics and who knows who. And stop allowing consultants to get their way 100% of the time - back up your associates when they're getting unreasonably yelled at, and do something about the obnoxious consultants. Management needs to grow a back-bone and know when to say No, regardless of the consequences. Otherwise, the bright associates will continue to leave.

Other Employee Reviews for Cerner

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Applied through their website, received a call some time later to set up a phone interview."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Phone interview was a week or so later, covering mostly behavioral questions (e.g. describe a time when you worked on a project and one member wasn't pulling their weight). After passing the phone interview, I visited Cerner's Innovations campus in KC for their Experience Cerner Day in December, which included two interviews, which both were mostly technical questions (writing some code, understanding modularity of code, etc).

    Cons

    The Experience Cerner Day was about learning more about the internship program and what Cerner did, meeting employees, and getting a free lunch in their cafe. I was reimbursed for some travel expenses (live 3 hours away). I received a phone call later that month confirming my hiring, and had to fill in a few forms along


  2. "Outstanding company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Leader in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engagement Leader in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people at this company

    Cons

    Role required a lot of travel, but company was very up front about that

    Advice to Management

    Management is strong and very interested in developing employees into leaders, great place to work!

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