Cerner Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
684 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 20 reviews)

  • Great place to begin a career if you are single and looking to make a lot of money (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 70 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 63 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good

    Former Employee - ELT TESTER  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - ELT TESTER in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Cerner as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    company values, perks, work-life balance, office culture

    Cons

    promotions, training, time-off policies, personal growth.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software engineer

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

    I worked at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice working environment and a great opportunity to work with multiple technologies.,

    Cons

    Kansas City is boring.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to start your career in tech

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -They take a chance on you while other companies won't.
    -They invest in you and it feels good to feel valuable to a company when you're just starting out.
    -They train you for a month about all you need to know to begin doing well on the job.
    -Great place for out of college first salaried job.
    -They pay a decent amount for someone whose skills really aren't that great. (Just starting out)
    -People complain about pay but let's face it, out of college this is probably the most you're going to get unless you did especially well or have great skills.
    -Overall the people you work with are awesome (from my experience). And as long as you take initiative to learn and show that you are independent and can keep a positive attitude while keeping clients happy and being polite you will have a great time.

    Cons

    -The systems they use have HORRIBLE UI. Makes doing your job a little frustrating sometimes but it's really not that bad.
    -They could do more to keep good people, but I think they don't really want to because they can just get the next college student who has decent skills and just train them for a couple months and they're good to go. I think this puts a lot of pressure on the senior people who tend to be few. They simply ignore the new people because they get so many questions (I'm assuming). They literally don't reply to your questions unless absolutely forced or you're good friends with them. I advise EVERYONE to be extremely nice to senior people and get on their good side as fast as possible without going over the top of course. If you can get in good graces with the senior people you will have a good time.
    -You will have to work more than 40 hours a week (some weeks and depends on your position). But if you are new out of college this is GOOD FOR YOU because you're learning more. Of course it's annoying or frustrating but let's face it you're probably feeling lucky that you even have a job. Your skills probably are exaggerated and the overtime work is never hard. I usually just do it from home or stay a bit after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make an effort to change the UI. It can't be that hard.
    -Keep a few more senior people on staff. Or at least incentivise them to help the new guys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good and excellent to work for

    Cons

    great and very good to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very good

  6.  

    Opportunity for career growth, excellent job security, but could use improvement at retaining talent.

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    Current Employee - Business Developer  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Business Developer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cerner leads the market with focused innovation in health care. We excel at forging productive relationships with clients based on the mutual need to more proactively make changes to health care.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is that at Cerner we do not invest enough in our home grown talent. A person with excellent foresight, management skills and client relationships may suffer years of below average pay without being utilized for the talents that make that associate excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively be looking for excellent associates from within and promote them in meaningful ways that lead to above average pay and challenging initiatives. Do not lose these individuals to other employers as you are now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unlimited Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I started at Cerner right out of college and I have found our leadership to be very supportive and empowering to help me learn, grow, and consistently be challenged in my work. They provide great health benefits and have a relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    As deadlines loom, the number of hours you work can increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to lead, in both the health care AND technology industries, to ensure we're cutting edge and never behind the curve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the best places to start your career.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have a great training program for new graduates and even high school kids.
    Competitive pay and good benefits, including on site clinic and free access to the gym.

    Cons

    The organizations are constantly changing so you have to be able to adapt to changes quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone employer

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training - there's typically a large market for former Cerner employees. If you enjoy travel, you can get lots of domestic travel. Once you become a Solution Architect, them minimum you will make is $74,000 (I became one in exactly 2 years, some do it quicker, some do it slower). You can expect to get 3% raises for many years after the SA bump and potentially never get a huge raise like that again.

    Cons

    Cerner has a reputation for working you to death and they live up to it. They are also known to heavily underpay compared to the rest of the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Alot of office politics

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    Former Employee - Test Analyst  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leaving early on some Fridays. My managers were really flexible with my school schedule. Their innovations were really cool to be apart of and learn about. Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in. You are surrounded by alot of your peers as alot employees are young, which can be good and bad. Laid back atmosphere for the most part.

    Cons

    There was alot of favortism, politics, and can be unorganized on projects. Communication can be akward as so many managers live by the motto "no feedback is good feedback" versus being proactive in their subordinates professional develpment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in the development of your associates, and not just the ones you admire. Ambuguity is ok until it gets to the point where most including the manager needs to either be retrained or have no clue how to move forward on the project. Understand that quality over quantiy is more valuable despite client deadlines, therefore set appropriate expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smartest people, fastest thinkers and LONGEST hours worked

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst  in  Kansas City, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Kansas City, KS (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Growing at a rapid rate

    Cons

    The 48 hours a week expected work hours and learning "The Cerner Way"... it is like drinking from a fire hose. ... it hurts until you adjust or break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a more seemless transition point or process so the 1st day the associate is in their team they can be productive and not be in "Land of the Lost" .... more training on applications configurations and Issue Response (Break/Fix).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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