Cerner Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
674 Reviews
3.6
674 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cerner takes a genuine interest in their employees and their families (work/life balance is important) (in 17 reviews)

  • Great place if you want to learn and are a quick study (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Indian employees are treated like slaves, and never think of work life balance at all (in 63 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 58 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well, you just found Dilbert's office address

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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

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    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

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cerner India review / feedback from current associate

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    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.

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  5.  

    Wonderful Experience get to learn alot from many qualified Network Engineers

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    Current Employee - Apprentice  in  Kansas City, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Apprentice in Kansas City, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere awards go getters. You get out what you put in. Don't be lazy and expect advancement.

    Cons

    The Network space I think should be moved back to the way it should be with all of the Engineers sitting in the same area for collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worthwhile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Velocity Delivery Consultant  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Velocity Delivery Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and open. There are many opportunities to move around and grown in the company.

    Cons

    As a velocity consultant intern, the program does not allow for an intern to attend talks and summits sponsored by Cerner as the internship is too structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to live in cities other than Kansas City.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced and understaffed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, overall culture is good, on-site clinic for KC employees is very good. Cerner stock given for 401k match has done well historically.

    Cons

    Some teams are much better than others, and they aren't the ones that have lots of openings to move into. In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance. Company is understaffed in many areas - with some recent events, I suspect too much money was spent on the recent acquisition and many areas have been left underfunded. Reviews are pooled, so someone doesn't get a raise even if everyone performs well. If you want to move up fast try to get to a fast growing area like population health. Some people act incredibly entitled and arrogant as if they are the only ones who do anything important in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth is good, just make sure it's under control

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexile schedule and the travel can be great at times. The culture is also very young and exciting as well as innovative. Great opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Depending on which department you start in the hours can be very long at times. Depending on which role and how much you travel it can be a lot to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worked for Cerner for 10+ years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working for a visionary company committed to using technology to transform health care; working with extremely bright, hardworking, competent people; the managers I had while I worked there were excellent and highly ethical, but I had colleagues for whom this was not the case; in my division, if you were skilled at your position, had initiative and a strong desire to make a contribution, and were very proactive, you were offered opportunities to work on rather interesting & challenging projects. Decent salary with stock options offered to higher level employees who performed well (1 = highest level, 9 = entry level ... I was a 3).

    Cons

    There are a number of 'silos' within Cerner, but I suppose this is true of any large company to some extent or another; By silos I mean divisions/groups/teams that have overlapping and/or complementary interests/goals/functions, but have little to no communication/collaboration with these groups; frequent organizational restructuring, which could be aggravating (sometimes felt like being in a house built on shifting sand, so to speak); intermittent re-prioritization and re-allocation of resources to chase after the next 'big thing' was also sometimes irritating; definitely a "do it now" culture...sometimes tight deadlines were established even for particular tasks/projects at hand had no great urgency to the internal/external client requesting the work; if you record only 40 hours per week on your time sheet for a period of time, you will be confronted about this and advised of Cerner's expectation for everyone to work more than 40 hours per week; I intermittently had to work very long hours on projects to complete them in time, but this is a growth-oriented, for profit, publicly traded IT company, so this is not terribly surprising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a very good company. Definitely has the potential to achieve its vision of using technology to transform health care. See 'Cons' above for opportunities for improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    excellent, everybody is nice. Lot's of opportunities to be social.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, you have an opportunity to meet lots of people and everyone is very nice and supportive. Mostly a young group employed there, but that's great if you're young.

    Cons

    The only con would be that you do work really hard, but that's probably the case in a lot of companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rwarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    fast paced, challenging, exciting and gratifying

    Cons

    growth after a point, vision, politics in certain areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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