Fairly good group of people - some are horrible, but most are fun and friendly. Mostly young and fresh.
Support from management
Terrible management. People are only promoted based on tenure - quality of work does not matter at all to anybody. Most of the time, managers don't know what they're doing and they don't have the right personalities for the gig. But Cerner doesn't care.
Colleague to colleague interactions are great!
Freedom to work independently
Depends on your manager, but mostly pretty autonomous.
You have opportunities to advance your career, but only if you stay there long enough. Like I said before, your work just doesn't matter. And that got to be really discouraging for me.
Overall compensation for your work
No matter how hard you work, you're not going to be recognized by anyone other than your colleagues and maybe your manager if you have a good one. But it really doesn't matter - it doesn't propel you anywhere. And salaries are generally 10k less than they are in other companies for the same role/experience.
Again, depends on your manager and role. Some are much more flexible than others. Traveling roles have little-no balance, but those in the office can be mind-numbingly dull.
I'd say it has an OK reputation among vendors/hospitals. But people who have been there over 2 years and clients who have had it for a while don't really respect the company.
You really don't get fired unless you screw up.
It's always a challenge for the first year or so. Then when you get to be an expert (which doesn't take THAT long), it gets SO boring.
Suggestions for improvement
- Treat the people who you've invested in and who have in turn invested in you with respect and care.
What I like about the company
I liked being able to work remotely every now and then, the hours, and ability to travel if I wanted to. I also used the fitness center daily, loved the 401k matching, and ability to move teams when I got bored.
What I dislike about the company
I hated the way people were promoted - it was solely based on tenure and several people who had zero leadership skills were made managers. Along the same lines, your work really didn't matter. Everyone expects you to do well, so you don't hear anything from anybody unless you do something wrong. It's demoralizing. Also, they just don't really support or care for their employees at Cerner. You're just a number and they let you know how 'replaceable' you are.