Cerner Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
706 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 39 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 71 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    You get what you put in

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    -Good place to learn Healthcare IT
    -Good Appraisals if you are ready to put your blood in your work. In short you can expect 25 - 30% hikes if you do GREAT.

    Cons

    -No worklife balance.
    -Too much work pressure if you want good growth and you don't get to invest time in self improvement/ updating your technical skills.
    -Incompetent Architects in India generally with a few exceptions
    -Average intellect of teams
    -No cafeteria despite long work hour expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -They should try to create an environment where employees work life balance is respected.

  2.  

    One of the great place to work for the developers

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Cerner is one of the best place to work because of the work environment what it provides for its employees. Being a health care giant Cerner provides different kind of benefits for its employees including attractive insurance packages to the employees and their families. It provides a very flexible work timings to the Employees. The Cerner management hierarchy was built very well.
    People on the top are very much approachable.

    Cons

    Cerner attracts the young talent from different colleges with much higher packages compared to the market standards. But they have high competition from other companies while hiring the senior or experienced resources from the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the main concern what i have about Cerner is about its branding. Cerner India is not very well known in the market except to those who people who come from a health care background. Cerner has very well built hierarchy in the top management. Have to take some efforts to attract the young talent from the market which is highly competitive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfied.

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

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Balanced work and personal life.

    Cons

    Clients interactions is less and new technolgies work is not so competence.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

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

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    1) Good work life balance
    2) Flexi timings
    3) Above average pay package

    Cons

    1) only one onsite oppurtunity that also for 2 weeks
    2) Poor management
    3) Lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some talents instead of mere numbers

  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.  

    Simply Amazing

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Consistently challenged to learn more and excel
    No day is the same

    Cons

    There are times where you have to spread your wings and fly before you feel you are ready. This can be good or bad, just depends on the situation, but it does cause a bit of anxiety/stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your reports to attend training sessions either internally or externally. The information absorbed and the networking opportunity is invaluable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    awesome place to start of a long-term career

    Cons

    long hours and travel can get tiring, but lots of rewards associated

  10.  

    Integration Architect

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

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cerner is a great company to work for. Over the years they have been very innovative and have changed with the market demands - somethings a bit late and other times on track. Their client and associate learning services offerings have come a long ways and are now very sophisticated and provide great value for investment.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get a Director promotion outside of living in Kansas City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the corporate culture by expanding too fast. Make sure that Siemens acquisition is done with some foresight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Salary increased 140% over 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Mid-level manager / Software architect in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Pay
    In my experience, the majority (75%) of US software engineers get a 3% annual raise. Top 10% get 6% and top 3% get 9% raises consistently each year. Raises are merit based. Higher performance equals better pay.

    Leveling up / promotion increases pay range and can net an additionally large increase of 10+%.

     *I'm not positive but believe most early career developers in India get larger merit based raises -- ~9% rather than 3% is status quo.

    Executives get performance bonuses, stock options, etc. Early career developers do not! High performing non-exec developers can get stock options during the annual review time if they meet stringent criteria.

    2. Learning
    While Cerner has self-study and instructor led class offerings, you will learn a tremendous amount on the job and from collaboration with peers. I joined with basic knowledge of one primary software coding language. I have used more than 10 languages on various projects over time. With over 2000 engineers on staff, a lot is learned through collaboration via online forums ( think about an internal Stack Overflow website ).

    Cerner spends a tremendous amount of time coaching associates to be team leads, managers, and executives. The leadership training is first class and has frequent involvement from senior executives. Training is more advanced for US engineering than India engineering currently but improving in India.

    3. Endless projects
    After a month of settling in with training, etc - you will get a project. After three months, you will feel more comfortable with meeting expectations. At four months, you will be handed more responsibility and become aware there is a lot that you do not know. After about a year, you will become a productive associate. You will quickly find out that software projects are never 'done.' There will always be feature upgrades, repairs, and new capabilities to add. The project backlog is endless.

    tl;dr -- There is plenty of work to do. You will not be counting the hours for your shift to end due to boredom.

    4. Career opportunities
    There are a couple hundred development teams and a couple thousand developers. Just about every technology and software language you can imagine is leveraged ( desktop apps, servers, cloud, windows, linux, mobile ( apple, windows, android ), web, hardware, virtualization, big data, automation, ruby/python/perl/java/c++/c/vb/groovy/sql/ccl/html/javascript/etc ).

    Bored, stagnant, don't like your peers? Stick out your current team for 18 months and switch to something new. Tired of development? I know several associates that started out as software developers and transitioned into system engineer, consulting, sales, client managers, support, or management roles. Want to repot? With clients all over the US and in several other countries, you can relocate to different offices. This is particularly true if you speak fluent Spanish or French. Most development is done in KC but engineering types skills are needed everywhere.

    Cons

    A pro for clients and stakeholders is a con for associates. Like ALL profitable companies, you are paid for results rather than effort. While most developers average 45 hours per week over the course of a year, there will be times you must work considerable more.

    Cerner will not 'require' you to work extra hours but you may struggle with life/work balance as an individual. Honestly, you can work 24 hours a day and never 'finish' the project backlog. This means you must have the self-discipline to shut-down for the day at a time that works for you. However, Cerner takes the balance consideration seriously. Managers typically monitor for excessive work hours and will hound you to take vacation, give you help via capacity, or provide comp time.

    Most early career associates aspire to make more money fast. To get better raises, you have to outperform peers with similar experience. Few associates can notably produce more results in the same time as their peers. As result, some ambitious associates choose to work more until their experience improves to the point they can work 'smarter' to generate higher productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Give bonus incentives to all associates that align with executive incentives to accomplish top imperatives.
    2. Keep performing one on one discussions to stay in sync and help associates overcome obstacles.
    3. Consider having managers work as coaches only rather than player/coach. A manager that is 'playing' individual contributor cannot 'coach' and enable his or her associates with great efficiency or effectiveness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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