The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, optional retirement savings opportunities, and many more perks, discounts, and learning opportunities.
I think it’s great
Industry standard government package. Adequate.
Health insurance was offered and was fairly decent for health insurance for a grad student. Dental insurance was also offered and vision insurance was too.
Time off, free lunch, change of schedule
Best thing is that it provides insurance at all, but the downside is that it is not a guaranteed position so can drastically from semester to semester. The medical insurance is very minimal with regard to what it covers. I usually have to pay the copay and then sent another bill for even my annual checkup. The dental insurance limits which dentists I can see.
There weren't many benefits as a student worker, but you got free lunch all the time which was very helpful, especially if you skip lunch that day.
Great network for former student, wherever you go you will find an Aggie
Good health, dental, and vision coverage at very low cost to the employee, and reasonable costs for a spouse or family. If your spouse is already covered under another plan elsewhere they will also contribute to the cost of that, although at less value than their own plan. TAMU offers a wellness incentive where FT employees are able to come in 30 minutes late, leave 30 minutes early, or take an extra 30 minutes at lunch, 3 times a week (subject to manager approval), paid as if you were working, using this time for exercise or physical therapy activities. All FT employees have a mandatory contribution to Texas's Teacher Retirement System (TRS) plan, which provides a guaranteed pension (5 years vesting) and healthcare (10 years vesting) in retirement. Credit can be transferred between most public sector jobs in Texas that use any of the statewide plans (state universities, community colleges, school districts, state agencies, counties and cities, etc.). TAMU offers optional 403(b) plans (non-profit equivalent to a 401(k)) (no match) through a variety of providers, including a plan at Fidelity with no fees and a selection of nearly 300 mutual funds, including several very low-cost index funds for smart investors. The Fidelity plan accepts rollovers from outside 401(k) and other accounts at any time, including after leaving employment at TAMU, so for those who like to job hop it is worth keeping open indefinitely just to roll over old accounts from other employers as the costs are the lowest you'll find. TAMU also offers an optional 457(b) plan (no match) through Texas's Texa$saver program, with moderate fees, a few good fund choices, and access to a Schwab brokerage account at no extra charge that provides access to a wide variety of low-cost mutual funds and ETFs, many with no transaction fees. It is a governmental 457(b) plan, which has a unique feature of allowing penalty-free withdrawals of money at any time after ending state employment. In short, it's a good place to work if retirement is a top concern, especially if you plan to stay a public employee long enough to meet the vesting requirements.
Amazing expirience great benefits great prospects
Overall the benefits are good. The health insurance has great coverage and no referrals are needed. Dental is good. I do not have vision insurance so I cannot speak to that. Tuition assistance is offered, but only for a degree seeking program and you have to take the courses in College Station. As far as I know, there are not many online degrees, which limits the participation of those not on the main campus. Professional development courses offered by the University are high quality. The employee assistance program (EAP) offers many benefits. Flexible schedules and alternate work locations are available, but it really depends on your department and if they choose to offer/approve those options.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.