Working to transform healthcare through knowledge and information technologies, Cerner Corporation is recognized worldwide as an industry leader. Established in 1979, the company boasts 7,600 employees across the globe, with 4,800 located in the greater Kansas City area. KnowledgeWorks, Cerner’s internal training organization, ensures that employees have access to the information they need to be successful, including on-line classes. With a focus on community involvement, Cerner supports local charities and leadership camps for children, and provides flex-time for employees to volunteer in civic causes. In addition to offering an on-site exercise center, complete with swimming pool and racquet-ball courts, Cerner world headquarters is home to their state-of-the-art Healthe Clinic, where employees can utilize a fullservice pharmacy and a wide variety of medical services.
Ply Gem Siding Group, North America’s largest vinyl siding and aluminum accessories company, recently moved their headquarters to the Crown Center area of downtown Kansas City. Established in 1965, and with more than 1,800 employees, Ply Gem Siding Group offers its employees many opportunities for advancement and growth. Under the helm of president and CEO John C. Wayne, Ply Gem offers competitive health benefits, educational reimbursement and a 401K plan with a generous company match. Employees are empowered with authority and leadership responsibilities, and few layers of supervisors. As a testament to their success, many positions are held by individuals that began the careers with Ply Gem in an entry-level capacity.
Since May 1, 2002, Stinson Morrison Hecker began working to establish its position as a top 100 law firm in the nation. With a focus on a trusting and team oriented work environment, CEO Terry Brummer rewards the 196 attorneys and 261 staff members with activities, benefits and team building practices that continue to set the standard for other law firms around the region. In addition to advancement opportunities in the form of tuition reimbursement, in-house technology training and external seminars, Stinson Morrison Hecker understands the value of fun. Lunches on “Red Friday”, as well as “Surprise” Ice Cream Socials offer the employees an opportunity to relax and unwind. Further amenities show themselves in the form of an on-site fitness center, as well as annual wellness screenings and “lunch and learns” with speakers who discuss a variety of health-related topics.