Diebold: You've Got to Accentuate The Negative

from the shoulda-throught-that-one-through dept

Judging by all the bad press and controversy surrounding Diebold's election services, you might think they'd want to play up that the company primarily makes ATM machines. In fact it seems just the opposite. The company recently promoted Thomas W. Swidarski former head of the elections division to be their new CEO, after the former's abrupt resignation. So why of all people would they promote him? Not only was he at the head of their most controversial division, but he's also considered to be inexperienced. The most optimistic answer is that he is very familiar with the problem they're having (little things, like breaking election law), but since the problems arose under him, why do they think he's the best one to solve them? This looks like a rushed decision, and one that will further tarnish the company's reputation.

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  1. identicon
    Thomas, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 10:42am


    I think the management of Diebold has made it pretty clear that they don't give a rat's ass about their repuataion. As long as they remain connected with the ruling party and are in a position to keep them in power, why bother with somthing as trivial as your companies reputation?
    Even their ATM division doesn't deal directly with consumers, who would drive most loss of business due to a bad reputation.

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    Dave, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 10:45am

    Situation: Normal

    It's a company that's distinguished itself by its incompetence, stupidity, dishonesty, and unethical activities, so no, this isn't even slightly surprising. I hope they go down in flames, but I suppose that they've payed off enough politicians to keep going.

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 11:55am

    No Subject Given

    Blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine

    "this looks like a rushed decision..."

    Look admit it, you know nothing about the guy, his qualifications and expertise. Have his performance appraisals suddendly been 'leaked'? Well then shutty

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    Don Gray, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 12:50pm


    Because he knows where ALL the skeletons are?

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    emichan, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 1:40pm

    No Subject Given

    Oh no.. is promoting incompetency becoming a trend in this country?

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    eskayp, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 1:54pm

    A portent of Diebold's future

    Next step:
    Reconfigure name to "Die Bold!".
    Memo to voters:
    Up yours; WE count the votes, and it's none of your business, so buzz off.

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    Andrew, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 7:46pm

    No Subject Given

    Maybe he's a fall guy. But not like Lee Majors.

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    Me, Mar 4th, 2006 @ 8:40am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Obviously a Republican moron.

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  9. identicon
    Sarojin, Mar 4th, 2006 @ 8:54am

    Re: No Subject Given

    But you DO have all the facts and are therefore qualified to discredit anyone being critical?

    Do you have a relevant opinion or perspective on this which would make the discussion more interesting, or are you just whining about other people expressing ones that differ from yours?

    You seem to entirely miss the point of this site.

    As if a leaked appraisal would make it OK to be critical? How many links do you want about how faulty, unreliable, and unsecure these machines are? If he was in charge of that division, simple reason leads one to conclude that he's either corrupt and made sure they were hackable, or he's incompetent and couldn't make them work.

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  10. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2006 @ 12:11am


    As opposed to Demorons...

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  11. identicon
    Fitzwaller, Mar 5th, 2006 @ 12:24am

    the modern business model

    Business being what its been the last several years, I think the consumer has every justification to be critical when some corporate entity's behavior doesn't quite add up. If more people had gone to the trouble sooner, all those people working for the companies Enron took over wouldn't have lost their retirement programs, We'd see alot less consumer fraud as a result of lax or nonexistant oversight over consumer data, and I'm pretty sure the unemployment figures might be a tad lower as a result of fewer stupid corporate screwups. Now fricking let us criticize in peace!

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    scavenger1, Mar 11th, 2006 @ 7:41pm

    Re: Reputation?

    Diebold is a pretty sloppy, crooked company. They treat their employees like they own them, their management is only interested in passing the buck down to their techs because they do not want any responsibility and they LIE like Persian rugs. As a former employee, I can tell you they are the last people you would want handling any type of security. I left the company in '04 for a better job and have not looked back!

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