My aunt suggested the extra vacation time, and 401 k thing. I thought they were a little odd. Is that something that would be used in a more experienced position? It's rare that you can get that sort of thing, as many companies (especially larger ones, and pretty much any government) have rigid bureaucracies regarding their benefit packages. It's much easier for the person hiring you to get a small increase in the salary offer than to haggle with the HR hacks to alter the system for you.