Cerner Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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  1. More of a functional company .. developers stay away!

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

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

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

    Pros

    There are some important pros as well :
    - Nice infrastructure + Manyata techpark is a better place (less traffic than ITPL or Marathalli)
    - No Micromanagement.
    - Process oriented , you get used to the process which is very important for us (indians) to learn.
    - Healthcare domain will add value to your resume.
    - company is reputed and rich.

    Cons

    - you will forget that you were/are a coder.
    - the architects or the ones above them has no clue on the technology. And please stop treating developers as just "resources".
    - you get trained on stuff which is of no use and finally end up working on the useless.
    - India office employees are just name sake cerner associates.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on india management. promote the deserving ones.
    Please use the indian associates to add value , we are not here to support and clean junk!

  2. Helpful (8)

    Pathetic

    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Bangalore

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good package. Good perks. No need to use your brain. All you need to get this job is to know how to click your mouse. Period

    Cons

    Cerner rips off freshers by giving so called a great package to start with. The skills you learn here are so bad that even a 10th std kid can do a better job. All you need to do is to type and to click your mouse on various windows. Once you stick here, its inevitable to leave this company because no one in the current market can recognize your typing/mouse clicking skills. This is definitely a job for the housewives.

  3. Good Benefits, Support over Development

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

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Only the compensation is good.

    Cons

    All other things are worst..

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

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

  10. Systems Engineer

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, and access to awesome technology

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines, long hours, high pressure work environment, and management who will not defend their own people.

    Advice to Management

    People have a life, so respect the work/life balance. Defend your employees when needed and don't just rollover for any request.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great for young go-getters (and yuppies)

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Super energetic work atmosphere. Top pay for career fields.

    Cons

    Mandatory 50+ hour work weeks. Top pay averages out to pretty much average pay based on hourly requirement. Yuppies.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing that can be done. They done drank the kool aid.

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