Cerner Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
713 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 20 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Benefits, Support over Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seaainal in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Seaainal in Bangalore

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Approachable and Helpful people
    Treated as equal despite the titles different people hold. Quick promotions and hikes if you're performing well.

    Cons

    Restricted Domain
    Limited Personal Growth in a Restricted Domain
    Lots of Documentation
    Bug Fixing
    Hierarchy/office structure unclear

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A place to work but don't think of carrier growth here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Cerner as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Few people i met here and worked with are good. And i am thankful to them for being good to me

    Cons

    Higher management treatment with contract employee is very bad. There is a discrimination in this part itself. Along with that there is more work pressure given to then as well which forces them to come over the weekends that leads ultimately in unbalance in the work and personal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please curb your senior management people in their behavior. They should be trained in "How to behave with contract employee"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Just about average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. In an attractive domain , Healthcare
    2. Reasonable compensation
    3. Plenty of learning resources

    Cons

    I have great respect for the kind of work this company does. But Cerner India is not Cerner US.

    1. Quality of work - Working here for 2 years can make you useless to every other company.
    2. Deteriorating Quality of India Associates - Overpaid people with minimum skill set rarely leave . These people are useful to the company for the simple fact that they acquire "Cerner skills" which is nothing but set of process that you have to do over and over again. Really sad with this strategy of the parent company.
    3. Company within the company- I recently know of an instance when a so called long timer recruited a dumb BPO guy as "architect" into his team. These kind of personal interests happen all the time There is a group of long timers who have survived and will survive with no talent.
    4. Great Indian strategy -Majority of the good people recruited here are into the Senior Engineer level. Reasonable compensation and the architect tag are the baits. For a senior engineer the next level is architect .. As soon as you are an SE you think how it is easy to be an architect looking at so many dumb people around bearing the title architects. All of the laterals will say "Just for the title" and the cliche "I can use this title else where since how would they know the quality of work i am doing here" . Truth is for none of them it happens. The existing architects are dumb heads but they certainly know how to save their jobs. They get all technical data entry work to be done by the lateral "Senior Engineers in the team . All pure data entry jobs go to interns. while they Google magazine material and do FB in office .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop the title Software Architect in Cerner India. That title has a meaning in IT World We have no work that requires a person with this title. So many dumb heads with this title is the worst advertisement you can give for the brand else where.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Test Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Only the compensation is good.

    Cons

    All other things are worst..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worst management, there are few managers who don't know how to save Excel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well, you just found Dilbert's office address

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    1) If you are a fresher, you would be trained well and you get to gain a good exposure to industry practices.
    2) Pay for freshers is good
    3) Job security - You need to slap your manager to get fired.. that is for a month or so periodically.
    3) If you can survive in Cerner for 2 years without burning out, you can survive in most of the world deserts, north, south poles and enjoy working in any of the other IT companies.

    Cons

    1) You can forget about the term "life" for a while. No one knows what work-life balance is in this company.
    2) You get to meet defective human beings (museum specimens) called "Software Architects" which I feel you would have no chance of coming across any where in the world. These specimens/entities are direct descendants of the "pointy haired boss from Dilbert comics". They are extremely incompetent (technically, socially) and only exist to make the associates work for 15 hours a day.
    3) Regardless of how much training you receive here, your technical, coding skills will evaporate because the work is mostly clerical (some of it is like data entry) regardless of what your title is.
    4) As soon as the specimens/entities(see point 2) above you feel you are becoming too important for the team, they would bring in a few dummies and ask you to train them (in case you try to leave).
    5) There would be constant pressure to increase the output of the associate (regardless of whether the output is already high or not).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Treat employees as human beings instead of mules.
    2) Change your grading criteria
    3) Fire your self and let the company prosper.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cerner India review / feedback from current associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    I am working for Cerner India since long time now (>2 years) and have also spent some time at Cerner HQ in Kansas City. It is very easy to point out negative but I want to emphasize on good things first - Cerner India recruits fresher from college and pay them well as starting salary (primarily to attract talent because of competitive market today) and the quality of training is superb. This culture comes from Cerner HQ and as an organization they try their best to train the associate in every aspect of healthcare domain and IT skills in line with their business needs. There are lots of big IT players which do not bother to train associates in domain with risk of increasing their employability outside and thus attrition, but Cerner spends good time and money on making fresher Healthcare IT engineers. As such it is good company for fresher to start their career and they will not just be a number there but an associate with due importance.

    Cons

    Now what ails Cerner India? The major problem is highly inefficient managers and architects. There are people at Lead architect and architect level who cannot write one piece of logical code properly, forget helping their teams by giving valuable inputs or architectural insights. These are the people whom Cerner hired when they opened new office in India and they have become indispensable for Cerner India now but as a matter of fact they are good for nothing in terms of technical growth. All new managers which are hired are friends/relatives of current managers so it is a mesh now which has becomes is rotting the culture of India office. They just know how to manage engineers, force them to work till last breath and make excel sheets to keep their bosses in US HQ happy. Because of this big team of highly incompetent leaders in Cerner India, they play dirty politics among themselves to save their skin and good engineers at the bottom get frustrated and say good bye.
    In the nutshell, Cerner is good company to work but I wish someday Cerner HQ realize the true picture of Cerner India and replaces dummy architects with competent ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cerner HQ realize the true picture of Cerner India and replaces dummy architects with competent ones.

  8.  

    Growth for the Mindless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to develop skills early in your carrer. They accomodate college grads with 'high' paying jobs after graduation. Will pemote a lot with in. Only have to be on a team for about 18 months to get other opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor training. Team dynamics vary between groups a lot. No work life balance. Raises plateau and your work can change into something very diffrent over the course of the life in a role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good for starter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    good for starter to rump up

    Cons

    office culture not good at all, overtime make life not good

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very frustrating place for experienced people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a very bad place to work in for the first couple of years right out of college.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic.

    Very rigid and inflexible in their thinking.

    Entirely devoted to the idea, "work *harder*, not smarter."

    Their concept of work-life balance is : life is work and work is life, balance is meaningless.

    There is a personality cult of the CEO within the company.

    Frequent mandatory meetings lasting up to 3 hours where hundreds of employees are packed into a small auditorium and made to listen and applaud to managers and executives drone on and on, supposedly to build morale.

    Management not only tells you what to do but also tells you what to think and what views and opinions to have in your mind.

    The overall experience at this company felt like being in some sort of a cult.

    Very frustrating to work here for people with prior experience, as this company believes wholeheartedly in making the mistakes you would have already learned to avoid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is pointless to give any advice to the management as they are very set in their ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Theres 2 sides to the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Owner in Kansas City, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Production Owner in Kansas City, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Great experiance, great place to learn. Amazing place to work right out of college. They will train you very well, you will know how do to a million things.

    Health benefits, and Stock purchase plan, are amazing.

    Cons

    First day you will get told about the REQUIRED 10% overtime.

    "Here's the thing <NAME>, you arent required to work the over time, unless you want to make raises. Sure you can work only 40 hours we allow it. However you wont get raises and you will get poor reviews" I was told this my first day, during a tour of the building by my then manager. The "parking lot metric" is essentially still in effect. Google 'parking lot letter Cerner' and read the letter. You will understand what I mean.

    Don't take promotions. You may not get the promised raise. Even if you do, it may be up to a year to get it. They only give raises once a year, no matter what happens. Get a promotion in January? You don't get a raise for it until September, October, or November. If you do at all. Ive take 2 promotions, (one level bump, and one title change) was promised a raise with both, received neither.

    Management will not hold the clients to the contracts. Clients know this and walk all over engineers and production owners. Management doesnt care what hours, associates have to work, or really what happens as long as the client is happy. There are "standards" and clients can choose when they apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promises raises for promotions and not give the raise.

    Get rid of the "required over time"

    Back up your production owners and system engineers. When a client starts requiring after hour work for non-production domains, that's crazy. When clients start insulting engineers, and belittling them, back up your employees. Don't ignore them for the sake of a happy client, that just undermines them, and makes the client respect them even less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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