By on April 14, 2008

bob-nardelli-chrysler.jpgAfter Rob Diel read a Detroit Free Press article about the automaker's Indian outsourcing, the Chrysler contract information technology worker posted CEO Bob Nardelli's telephone number and email address in the comments section. It wasn't long before the suits descended on Diel's desk. "They said unlock your laptop and come with us," Diel told TTAC. "When they show up doing that, it's not a good thing." Today's Free Press says "Diel, who expected to lose his job at the end of May, said he made several postings on the Web site under the name 'Chryslerworker,' including: 'Boycott Chrysler. If Chrysler is going to screw all the American workers, than (sic) it is only fair that America screws Chrysler. E-mail Nardelli and tell him what a great job he is doing.'" The Freep has since removed Nardelli's information. Meanwhile, Diel says Chrysler's Indian IT operators wouldn't know how to respond effectively to a glitch in the company's production computers, increasing the likelihood of delays. Diel also says morale in his former department is "just horrible… Nobody cares about doing anything. People are just wandering around; they just go for walks and stuff 'cause it's just so depressing." BTW: you can contact Mr. Diel at [email protected] [apologies for the low audio levels]

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12 Comments on “Fired Chrysler IT Worker: Indian Outsourcing Puts Production At Risk...”


  • avatar
    gamper

    It is pretty typical for most people to overstate their importance. Reminds me of Office Space where the old guy is having his review with the Bobs. “I have people skills!!!!!”

    Still, it is a window into the abyss that is Chrysler employee morale.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    “If Chrysler is going to screw all the American workers, than (sic) it is only fair that America screws Chrysler.”

    Like this hasn’t been done already?

  • avatar
    crc

    Nardelli makes me ill.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    Just wait until they try to shift operations over there. Slow dim witted US IT workers they are not. There will be as little cooperation as possible, with plenty of IT booby traps.

    Outsourcing is a tough topic but companies are discovering how bad an idea it ends up being. But they are slow to learn and with cost savings on the deck good luck convincing them not to try it.

  • avatar

    GS650G :

    Just wait until they try to shift operations over there. Slow dim witted US IT workers they are not. There will be as little cooperation as possible, with plenty of IT booby traps.

    Excellent point. Management’s naivety on this issue never ceases to amaze me. Why would anyone cheerfully (or even willingly) help someone replace them? This will definitely end in tears.

  • avatar
    pogolover

    Outsourcing is wrong, I am glad to see someone stand up to the big man. Everyday we hear how Americans are losing there jobs, homes are foreclosing, and our economy is falling. So what do the greedy men at top do, send our jobs over seas, and hire men from India for the jobs in the USA, paying them barely above minimum wage. Then they whined and cried when they are not selling cars. The unemployed American can not buy cars. We Americans need to ban with Rob Diel and make a stand like our forefathers did. Outsourcing is wrong and Americans should be working for the companies they helped built up.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    Is the company phone book marked, “Confidential?” Ours was (it’s electronic, now); if yours is, they gotcha.

  • avatar
    schempe

    IT outsourcing is a management practice that has its trade-offs. On the good side it does reduce overall IT operating costs however, it comes at the cost of losing some measure of control and the ability to respond to changes. I’m guessing regardless of where a person works, most any employer isn’t going to respond too nicely while you’re bashing them on their dime. Good IT people are a not in short supply regardless of their physical location or country of origin.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    At a CO-OP board meeting during the 1970’s I suggested that the workers should be able to vote on the CEO’s pay package. The suggestion got me fired.

    The truth is Bob Nardelli doesn’t care about out-sourced jobs as long he gets his pay package.

  • avatar
    Rob_Diel

    Hello, This is Rob Diel. Agree or disagree with me, The point I was making was outsourcing is wrong and bad for America. Granted posting Nardelli’s email was a mistake (funny) but a mistake. My job was ending (outsourced) in another month anyway. At least now Nardelli knows that there is at least one little guy that got to express his opinion. Being unemployed is no fun but my voice was heard. I don’t regret that. I just can’t understand why there has not been an uproar when these companies outsource American jobs. Maybe the company gould make a profit if they didn’t fire the CEO and pay him over 200 million for doing a bad job. Just a thought. Like I said agree or disagree with me, I was frustrated by what was going on and wanted to have my voice heard. It was heard and now I am looking for a new job.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Best of luck to you, Mr. Diel.

  • avatar
    blautens

    Mr. Diel –

    Kudos to you for your posting. As an IT worker, I used to insure my job with the Internet and email logs from work (we apparently hire from NAMBLA forums), but then I decided if I got outsourced, it’s really a good thing.

    I’ve never, ever, ever, changed jobs (whether willingly or not) and not landed a better one, quickly.

    Good luck – I’m sure you’ll be okay.

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