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    Departments are great - central administration varies

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many departments stand by their students at every turn - in math, we get a year's guidance before we teach independently, and I can't name a reasonable request I've made of the department that was denied.

    Cons

    Central administration is... highly politicized/balkanized. Most of the people in it are good, but you're bounced from one person to another when the system's working - and when it's not, you're stuck talking to someone who (even if they seem competent) is probably deceiving you (or themselves) about what they can actually accomplish.

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    Communication, communication, communication - get the different groups talking to each other! I know you're all busy, but at the moment it takes days to figure out where to turn to get something done - and if you get misdirected to someone who "can handle it all", you get stuck in limbo for months.

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