Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 52

Cerner Corp.

Kansas City, Mo. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

This clinical and administrative information systems provider puts a clear emphasis on training its troops. This Kansas City, Mo.-based company has adopted a promote-from-within philosophy, and employees may choose to pursue technical or management career tracks. Cerner's internal training group offers online and classroom courses. Subjects covered in computer and Web-based training modules include programming languages, database administration, project management, networking and professional skills development. The company also offers financial support to employees interested in pursuing degrees and certification, as well as training in business skills, leadership (for newly hired/promoted leaders) and role-based skills (such as sales, engineering consulting). The Cerner Virtual Library contains a diverse collection of books, audio books, magazines, videos and articles. Cerner has set up a fast-track development program for high-potential employees in which participants are rotated through key positions throughout the organization. Company-funded fun: Through Cerner's "Night on the Town" recognition program, employees who exceed expectations are rewarded with certificates that cover the cost of anything they might have to pay for to enjoy a night out, such as dinner and a movie or baby-sitting. Employees can take exercise classes at an on-campus facility that houses an indoor pool, a cardio room, a gymnasium, a weightlifting area, racquetball courts, a recreational area with ping-pong tables. The center also includes a Montessori school for employees' children; it can accommodate 270 students at a time. Cerner also has an on-site health clinic that offers employees and their dependents primary care services, lab services and a full-service pharmacy. Many of the services are free.

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Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 14

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,236

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 293

IT employee turnover in 2009: 8%

IT promotions in 2009: 20%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $5,066

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 24%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 31%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 23%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 13%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 10%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 14%