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AVANIR Pharmaceuticals Overview

Aliso Viejo, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative medicines to patients with central nervous system disorders of high unmet medical need.

 As part of our commitment, we have extensively invested in our ... Read more

Mission: Delivering Innovative CNS Solutions to Improve the Lives of Patients and Their Care Communities.

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

A company with a cause. People with a passion. Together, they make a world of difference.

Every day at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. we focus on the research, development and commercialization of novel medical and pharmaceutical treatments for people with central nervous system disorders.

That focus, along with the deep-seated passion of our people, is fueling the development of innovative medical solutions.

It’s a personal thing for us.

If you’ve ever known someone suffering from a CNS disorder, you probably understand.

Millions of people struggle daily with these complex and difficult conditions and yet, there are no perfect solutions.

Enter Avanir — where our vision is to become the leading pharmaceutical company in the CNS space — because that, in turn, will enable us to follow our passion of helping CNS patients every day.

And we think that’s a great thing to do.

Together We Care. Together We Are Avanir.

Avanir employees are committed to serving together, achieve with integrity, rise to the challenge and energize each other. 

We've got nerve! It's who we are-we're fighters. It's why we're here. We are Avanir.

The corporate culture at Avanir is unlike any you’ve seen.

We’re a sharp group, fun loving, always curious and interested in trying new things. Our collective expertise is deep and diverse. We’re eclectic, and we enjoy collaborating and sharing our varied perspectives and experiences.

Oddly enough, you could describe us as a relaxed, low-key group, but also very focused. We absolutely work hard, but we also take time to laugh.

At Headquarters, our dress code is casual. No stuffed shirts here: everyone is on a first-name basis with our leaders.

People say it’s challenging, it’s rewarding, there are lots of opportunities to grow, the benefits are great, and yes, we have fun. But you be the judge of that. 

Join our Team of Innovators

Avanir employees are a diverse team of committed, accomplished professionals united by a common purpose: changing lives by developing innovative treatments for CNS conditions.

Comprehensive and Competitive

Avanir recognizes our success is driven by attracting and retaining great talent. We invest in you by offering a comprehensive and competitive total reward program that supports our employees’ individual and family needs.

Our program provides multiple options to support and enhance your health, wealth and well-being. They are designed to ensure you succeed – at work, at home and in every facet of your life.


  • Medical Plans
    • 100% Covered Preventative Services
    • Consumer Driven Health Plan with Health
      Savings Account ( HSA )
    • PPO plan
    • Regional HMO plan
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Dental Plan with orthodontia care
  • Vision Plan
  • Health advocacy concierge services
  • Domestic Partner benefits
  • Supplemental Health Benefits


  • Retirement Savings with generous company match
    • 401(k)
    • Roth
    • After Tax
  • Flexible Spending Accounts ( Health Care &
    Dependent Care )
  • 529 College Savings Fund
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Company provided Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Company provided Disability Insurance


  • Time Off
    • Holidays
    • Vacation
    • Sick
  • Well-Being Programs
  • Learning & Development Opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals Reviews

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AVANIR Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Wa’el Hashad
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    Current Employee - Commercial Director in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Commercial Director in Aliso Viejo, CA
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    The Management Team is available and walks the talk. They are focusing on doing the right things to move the company forward and treat people really well.


    As with all companies, there's more work than time in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find efficiencies; keep up the good work!

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AVANIR Pharmaceuticals Interviews



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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at AVANIR Pharmaceuticals (Aliso Viejo, CA) in August 2013.


    I interviewed with someone for forty five (45) min from 9-4 pm. I even interviewed with someone over lunch. Most people were one on one but I did have a session with 3 panel interviewers. The interview went well and I liked the people I met. They try to understand your personality so they can build good chemistry.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic interview questions. Strengths, Weaknesses. Why I want to come to the company. Run of the mill questions. They try to understand your personality so they can build good chemistry.   Answer Question
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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