Cerner Reviews

Updated 6 February 2016
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is fantastic with Cerner (in 57 reviews)

  • Great place to work with smart and humble people (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • you must manage your work-life balance because Cerner will let you be crushed with work and responsibility (in 129 reviews)

  • Long hours and poor middle management abound (in 101 reviews)

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  1. "Linux engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linux Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Linux Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    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 (1)

    "Could be a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    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. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good company to work for, I have had a great experience working with my team members on the presentations.

    Cons

    The salary is somewhat low, and they do overwork their employees. There is room for growth. The traveling can be somewhat exhausting.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technology poor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Softwarre Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Softwarre Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance good healthcare domain knowledge

    Cons

    Technology wise poor bad food Some managers don no why they are in the company. They don server propose

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cerner India - Average and Laid Back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Job Security - Easy going - Well equipped cafeteria

    Cons

    - Very flat learning curve - Average co-workers - Average pay (For people from top colleges), Misleading CTC figures - Egotist Admin and Payroll teams

    Advice to Management

    - Please ensure that Admin and Payroll teams of Bangalore do not treat other employees like 2nd class citizens - Mend your CTC figures! Employees don't care about components which you have introduced to bloat up the numbers.


  8. "tough culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Global Mobility Specialist in North Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Global Mobility Specialist in North Kansas City, MO (US)

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "We are Cerner. We are Cern....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    You are worked so much and in so many ways that your personal growth is off the charts. The benefits are also amazing. Your health insurance is great and you and your family can go to the onsite clinic at your office for no cost with your Primary Care doctor there.

    Cons

    You are told from the moment you start "Welcome to Cerner, you are now apart of Cerner, We are Cerner" and they give you this whole we are one vibe all the time, which seems great until you have been working for a while and you realize that it is we are one in the sense that "everyone is equal" in the Soviet Union. you may all be Cerner, but that does not mean that you are going to be treated at all like equals. you managers may work from home all day because a child has a Halloween party at school from 2-3pm but because you will be chastised for working from home when you were throwing up all night and finally stopped around 9am. Its just little things that dont really make sense. Or managers can just be out of the office, but you need to be taking PTO even if you are not at the office for the same reason. Last but not least they are still giving you the advertisements the recruiters are telling everyone is 5 year old data and isn't true anymore. you cannot be promoted in the company internally except at your yearly review, you also will never get a bonus... ever. you will never receive a raise unless you are promoted at one of the yearly meetings. You also may not be hired for the position they tell you that you were hired for due to "Business Need". 3-5 years ago, this Company went from the place that if you could get hired you would stay for a career. Now they hire anyone because they are assuming over 1/3 turnover within 1 year. I was hired as a Software engineer, after training they told me i was going to be tier 2 help desk. BE CAUTIOUS...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dev center cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dev essentials was good. Learnt few concepts in various technologies and several group activities kept everyone motivated and active.

    Cons

    After graduating from dev essentials, people are moved to dev center. People wont be given the technology they ask for to work, and if the mentor or manager is not very supportive, people will end up in dire situations. The learning parameter seem to be decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    Can follow different method to filter people and put into the teams, instead of dev center and graduation process which is kind of very demotivating for freshers.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great for One or Two Years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Team Lead in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Team Lead in Kansas City, MO (US)
    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'.



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