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Cerner Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.3 617 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson

Neal L. Patterson

(385 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important)(in 17 reviews)

  • Great place to start a carrier and build your resume(in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all(in 63 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours,(in 58 reviews)

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    Soulless stiff US brainwashed robots no sense of Aus market, high turnover and good luck getting a decent salary!

    Mid-Senior Level Professional (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsNorth Sydney office has a nice view of the harbour, er thats about it. Oh sorry you get sent from Aus to the US for induction….. in economy via 3 american cities (27 hour one way trip). Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck feeling refreshed before you get brainwashed.

    ConsCompany is loosing market share to the new competitor, because guess what…. they have a personality! Hence restructuring hiring and firing quicker than you can say Kansas.

    Leadership team are highly uninspiring and bitter because they have been there too long putting up with BS, the CEO Neal Patterson is an absolute jerk, stories of him asking people questions in the lift at head office in Kansas City… if you don't have a question for him when he puts you on the spot or have a good enough response to his question, you are FIRED! Seriously no joke. He is feared…. excellent leadership don't you think? We all know it starts from the top right?

    At annual conferences they throw a football into the audience if nobody asks him a question, if the ball hits you you have to ask a question, WTF? One poor lady was carried off who was injured during this ridiculous game. The US brainwashed culture is as stiff as an ironing board, there is a saying "go and drink the Kool-Aid" Try making one joke, they don't get it.

    Ridiculously tight budgets, no idea of how Australian customers like to do business because the americans come over in their white undershirts/business shirts 1980's outfits, midwest stiff backward persona and can't build relationships (so cringeworthy it's like watching an accident in slow motion).

    Head office in Sydney is a ghost town, no soul or culture whatsoever, empty feeling greedy IT consulting firm who label themselves as a Healthcare organisation in disguise. Shame as some decent products but realistically they are a company who consults/rips off the Australian healthcare system by charging an arm and a leg for scanning medical records and uploading them to the Cerner database, which they own and the hospital has to pay to access… they have a few cool add ons, but I'd rather have a doctor administer my medication rather than a machine designed by some brainwashed IT brown nosing geek from the US who has NO IDEA about medicene or pharmaceuticals on a $50k salary, it's putting Australians out of jobs and replacing them with machines which the big old USA profits from, greedy! Oh and ironically they pay shockingly… and won't budge because (you guessed it) the HR compensation and benefits team is in the US far away from market reality here in Australia.
    Don't get misled or over sold on the company or role, the american dream is an underwhelming reality. Could you get passionate about working for this organisation? I did at the misleading interview process (4 interviews) then after a matter of weeks I thought, what have I done? My heart sank… how could I have got this gig so wrong? Sticking out the year for resume purposes was the most painful thing I have ever one in my career. They don't care about patients or customers, they care for their profits and shareholders, full stop

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of Neal Patterson, clear out the senior management toxic culture, pay your employees what they are worth in relation to the Australian or local market not what the US thinks the world should be paid, get you heads out of your sphincter. Label yourself as you are, an IT consulting firm not a healthcare organisation. Employ local people, with clinical knowledge sending over US IT geek cardboard cut outs, spend some money and let go of your tight US grip on everything, empower your employees to run with their local knowledge and expertise rather than telling them how to do things, it's like pushing BS up a hill with you guys…. for peanuts.
    Final note: You have two ears and one mouth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cerner in Australia

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsThere are some decent people

    ConsBackstabbing, jealousy. More like the public service than a business. I guess considering most of their income comes from taxpayers in one way or another explains that. Anyone showing their skills 'beyond their paygrade' is quickly shot down and excluded. Don't accept less than $150k, it's not worth the hassle. Real US bible belt culture

    Advice to Senior Managementyou need to look outside your sector and learn from experts like MS, SAP, Oracle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Without doubt, one of the most frustrating organisations I have been exposed to

    Consultant (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsGreat office & location
    Niche provider to an industry that will continue to grow whilst others contract
    IP available to employees
    One of the leading providers of software solutions to Health sector
    Financial stability of organisation - longevity in market

    ConsAntiquated management structure and systems
    Lack of trust and support within employee groups and between managers and staff
    Relatively inflexible and resistant to constructive criticism
    Work within the specific scope of your role and don't overlap with other position functions - roles become repetitive and churn patterns predictable
    Huge HO costs as a result of over staffing and job creation for MO
    Inconsistent approach to People, Culture and Career development

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not place to work for Engineers

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsNothing good to say. Few colleagues were good.

    ConsThe management has lot of politics and HR is horrible.
    The project are 30 years old. Used old technology and proprietary tools used no exposure for new technology
    The work is only fixing bugs and testing no progress in technical area.
    Work pressure is very high. no learning, No training on any technology and KT
     Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all.
    Important thing is, the CTC will be high, but take home will be very less. So advise is ask for better gross income.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEgoistic Management should Value associates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    EASY HIRE EASY FIRE

    Velocity Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsLocation. Since its in Missouri you spend less on housing, grocery, gas etc. You save more portion of your salary

    ConsCerner needs to work on their work ethics. They implement EASY HIRE EASY FIRE rule. The DevCenter training which they have, they test the new employees over there. And for small mistakes they make up a reason to fire them. Otherwise they might say you are not fit for development go for Client Support position. They interview there new employees after joining the company instead of doing it during the interview period. This is a very big issue for international students who would be joining the company if they dont have any job security. Currently I have heard they now inform the new employees before interviewing about the procedure of their devcenter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of working on your products, spend some time improving the work ethics and values.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked for 2 years as Software Engineers

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsNothing good to say. Few colleagues were good.

    ConsHere comes the big list. The quality of management is very poor. The application or project which you work is nearly 40 years old. If you work here, you will end up fixing bugs for entire life with no progress in technical area. Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all.
    Important thing is, the CTC will be high, but take home will be very less. So advise is ask for better gross income.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease reshape the organisation structure. Make compensation clear and trasparent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technically dumb work..good for ppl with no ambition

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsJob security as every one is technically zero here ..u dont need to perform..
    People get salary for having lunch and chit chat as no work
    Gud place for married women and men to settle..

    ConsWorst people around ..most of them are mediocre people who are either recrited by a fellow referal architects and managers recruit their friends and relatives..
    engineers do clerical kind of work ..no learning or growth ..
    A govt job environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease bring some credibilty to bangalore office ..its nepotism and cheap politics here..
    Please clean or fire the underperformers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Investigate before accepting job

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsLots of young people around you

    ConsIf you are a computer science professional, have been in open source or have been a part of core development team, or are an agile developer, be VERY careful about every detail. The hiring process these days here is suspiciously fast.

    I have a master's in computer science and I was overqualified in my team. Some teams in Cerner have misnamed positions such as 'software engineer'. Which should really be 'tech support'.

    Also make sure who your manager is going to be. My manager was randomly selected after I joined and had no idea about my skills and never cared. This is definitely an important lesson for me and hope it helps you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire if you do not need the skills a person may have. Also, please define 'software engineer' when you hire.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked, Underpaid, Underappreciated

    Solution Architect (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsA lot of 'cool' people to work with. Most managers don't micro manage (there are definitely excpetions)

    ConsLeadership that doesn't value their employees. One executive recently said that "you are all replaceable" speaking with a team. The hours that are expected to be worked are insane. Vacation and holidays count against your billable time so when you go on vacation, you are expected to make that up by working more hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees- regardless or rank - they are your biggest asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Waste company to work. You will make no progress professionally

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsNo positive to say. At India, there is no development work. All bug fixing and testing.

    ConsIts been 3 days since I joined. I felt cheated after joining. You will find worst recruiters of IT industry here.

    I regret that I joined leaving beside a very good service based company, thinking Cerner India, as a product company.
    In India only bug-fixing is done, and all challenging development is done at US.

    I am a developer, with more than 2.5 years exp in a reputed IT company, and after joining, i am asked to do 80% testing, 10% process follow-up, merely 10% development.
    I am totally frustrated, and my advise to all, is please never join this company, however attractive package may be.

    Dress-code is there. No flexibility, although HR says they support flexibility. Filled with cheaters.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot point in advising the egoistic management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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