Google loses its talents because of huge paychecks

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.

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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.

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