Thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts and new startup dreams luring self-driving technology Google’s car projects have been a talent sieve. It’s been found out that early staffers had a different system that awarded them based on project’s value. By the end of 2015 the payments have become this high that many veteran members didn’t need the job security anymore. In December, the car unit morphed into a standalone business called Waymo, and the system was replaced with a more uniform pay structure that treats all employees the same, according to a person familiar with the situation. Still, the original program got so costly that a top executive at parent Alphabet Inc. highlighted it last year to explain a jump in expenses. A spokeswoman for Alphabet, the holding company that owns Google and "Other Bets" like the autonomous car business, declined to comment.