Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 27

Cerner Corp.

North Kansas City, Mo. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

Training IT employees is key to the success of this Kansas City, Mo.-based provider of clinical and administrative IT systems to the healthcare industry. The company has a promote-from-within philosophy and offers separate technical and managerial career tracks. Employees can pursue professional growth by participating in online and classroom courses provided by Cerner's internal training organization. Cerner also reimburses employees for external training, including work toward certifications that are relevant to the business and to the employees' career goals. On "Advancing Conversion Excellence" trips, employees travel to client sites and support end users engaged in the process of converting to Cerner systems. These trips are designed to give employees a more direct connection with the company's mission. Recharged and ready Cerner's employee center features an indoor pool, a cardio workout room, a gym, a weight lifting area, racquetball courts and ping-pong tables. Employees can take exercise classes at the center, which also includes a Montessori school for employees' children. The company has an onsite primary care medical clinic for employees and their dependents. It also offers a full-service medical lab and a full-service pharmacy.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 5

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,741

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 293

IT employee turnover in 2010: 9%

IT promotions in 2010: 33%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $1,600

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 22%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 20%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 22%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 15%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 13%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 15%