Compare Merck vs Pfizer BETA

See how working at Merck vs. Pfizer compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Merck vs. Pfizer. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Merck

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Pfizer

Employee Ratings

  • Merck scored higher in 4 areas: Senior Management, Culture & Values, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
  • Pfizer scored higher in 2 areas: Work-life balance and CEO Approval.
  • Both tied in 3 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities and Compensation & Benefits.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.1
(based on 4851 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.1
(based on 6012 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.8
Career Opportunities
3.8
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.8
Work-life balance
3.9
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.7
Senior Management
3.6
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.1
Culture & Values
4.0
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Merck Ceo Rob Davis
88%
88%Rob Davis
CEO Approval
Pfizer Ceo Albert Bourla
89%
89%Albert Bourla
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
85%
% Recommend to a friend
84%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
79%
Merck employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 3% higher than Pfizer employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
76%

Salaries

Of the top 3 common jobs between the two companies, Merck salaries averaged $2,139 higher than Pfizer.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Senior Scientist397 Salaries
$128,750/yr
Director239 Salaries
$202,119/yr
Intern158 Salaries
$30/hr
Salaries for similar jobs
Senior Scientist402 Salaries
$119,879/yr
Director267 Salaries
$204,579/yr
Intern140 Salaries
$22/hr

What Employees Say

  • Pfizer had 5 more reviews than Merck that mentioned "Good benefits" as a Pro.
  • "Upper management" was the most mentioned Con at Merck.
  • "Work life balance" was the most mentioned Con at Pfizer.
Pros
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 376 reviews)
"Good benefits"(in 294 reviews)
Pros
"Work environment"(in 309 reviews)
"Good benefits"(in 299 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Upper management"(in 94 reviews)
"Pipeline"(in 81 reviews)
Cons
"Work life balance"(in 159 reviews)
"Large company"(in 80 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

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

Pros

Good environment. Working with smart people.

Cons

Nothing that I can think of

Current Employee - Senior Manager Human Resources

I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

I love working at Pfizer because from the top to the bottom, the main focus are the patients. Throughout the pandemic, the CEO and management ensured all colleagues and contractors were safe. There... is so much talent throughout the entire company and many opportunities to learn. My mind is always active even though some of us have been remote.

Cons

Workload can be overwhelming at times and balance of work needs to be balanced. As long as you speak up and talk to management, they do find ways to get us extra support. Since it is so competitive... in the job market, it can take longer to get more qualified support.

Advice to Management

Continue to focus on colleagues and ensure mentoring is available.

Job Postings

Pfizer has 10 more recently posted open jobs than Merck.
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