As a graduate assistant I receive a full waiver in tuition at the University.
As a hourly employee, I didn't expect any benefits, just my hourly pay.
As an hourly you do not get many benefits, but if you work close to 40 hrs/week they do offer health insurance. You recieve vacation time based on your average hours worked.
Good matching for retirement plan: up to 10% of salary. 15 hour vacation per month and 8 hour of sick days. Cost of health insurance is going up every year.
The best is to waive the tuition.
The best thing about the benefits is the 90% off tuition for employees and 50% off for dependents.
Great benefits make up for low pay.
Health insurance tends to not want to pay for stuff, but keeps raising premiums. All other benefits are great.
Best part: it is college town and cheap to live. So, that you can save some money.
There is no benefit package for graduate research assistants. The only perk is slightly subsidized healthcare.