About Gusto

Built for businesses at any stage, Gusto is a proven partner to help grow and nurture your team. With Gusto, you get modern HR features like payroll, benefits, hiring, management resources, and more — all in one place.

Gusto is proud to serve more than 200,000 businesses across the US with a single trusted system, competitive compensation tools, and expert guidance to help you empower your team. Because when your people thrive, your business thrives too.

Gusto features:

Tools for hiring in a competitive talent market.
- Job posts and offers
- Hiring integrations
- Onboarding checklists
- Document storage
- Team building
- Software provisioning
- NEW! Device management

Remote-friendly payroll and compliance capabilities.
- Tax registration in all 50 states
- Contractor payments in 80+ countries
- Mobile time tracking and geolocation

Features for building a rewarding and engaging work culture.
- Performance reviews
- Team insights
- Performance integrations
- Celebration reminders

Data and insights so you don’t miss critical opportunities.
- NEW! Ardius R&D tax credits
- NEW! Support for tax credit applications
- Custom report builder
- Project workforce costing

Effortless software syncing and workflow management.
- Integrations
- Admin permissions
- Calendar sync

Automated payroll features and benefits that fit your team’s needs.
- Broker integration
- Unlimited payroll
- Built-in calculations
- Automatic tax filings
- Health and financial benefits
- Benefits administration

Thoughtful, opinionated guidance through every twist and turn.
- Reliable support contacts
- Employee benefits support
- Expert support from certified HR professionals
- Unlimited support access

Pricing starting from:

US$39.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Gusto

Gusto provides award-winning payroll for businesses of all sizes. Gusto automatically calculates, pays, and files your federal, state, and local payroll taxes, as well as W-2s, 1099s, and new hire forms.

- 85% of surveyed customers say Gusto is easier to use than their previous payroll provider.
- 3 out of 4 surveyed customers say Gusto makes compliance easier.
- 77% of surveyed customers say that Gusto takes tedious tasks off their plates.

It takes more than a paycheck to build an amazing team. With Gusto, you can offer a wide range of no-cost, low-cost, and premium health and financial benefits to support your team into the future. Plus, Gusto syncs medical, dental, and vision insurance with payroll.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$39.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Images

Gusto Software - Gusto run payroll
Gusto Software - Gusto benefits administration
Gusto Software - Gusto 401(k) plans
Gusto Software - Gusto workers' comp
Gusto Software - Gusto time tracking
Gusto Software - Gusto state tax management
View 8 more
Gusto video
Gusto video
Gusto Software - Gusto run payroll
Gusto Software - Gusto benefits administration
Gusto Software - Gusto 401(k) plans
Gusto Software - Gusto workers' comp
Gusto Software - Gusto time tracking
Gusto Software - Gusto state tax management

Features

Total features of Gusto: 65

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Administration Outsourcing
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • COBRA Administration
  • Check Printing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compensation Management
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Job Application Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Multi-State
  • Onboarding
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Workflow Management

Alternatives

QuickBooks Payroll

4.5
#1 Alternative to Gusto
QuickBooks Payroll is a cloud-based payroll solution for small businesses which offers automatic payroll tax calculation...

RUN Powered by ADP

4.5
#2 Alternative to Gusto
RUN Powered by ADP® is a proven small business payroll solution built with ADP’s experience and knowledge gained from...

Paychex Flex

4.1
#3 Alternative to Gusto
Paychex Flex is a cloud-based payroll management platform which helps users manage payroll processing with automatic...

ADP Workforce Now

4.4
#4 Alternative to Gusto
ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based human capital management, talent management, and benefits software built for...

Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(3,530)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

Already have Gusto?

Software buyers need your help! Product reviews help the rest of us make great decisions.

Write a Review!
Showing 5 reviews of 3,530
Kalen rainbow K.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Sports
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Gusto - a breeze for small biz

Reviewed on 12/5/2022

My experience managing Gusto is from the POV of a company with seasonal employees, but I also...

My experience managing Gusto is from the POV of a company with seasonal employees, but I also worked at two other companies that used it.
That's the thing: there's great carryover if someone already worked for a company that used Gusto, as administrators can access any stored documents easily (and the employees don't have to worry about uploading a new form every time).
It makes tracking tax forms a lot easier, knowing that they're always going to be in the same place.
Running payroll is mostly intuitive as well, though there's a bit of a learning curve involved to make sure all the automations are as needed.

Pros

Gusto makes it easy to interface with all your employees, making direct deposits and tax forms a breeze.

Cons

Honestly, I can't find any downsides that outweigh the benefits of Gusto for our small business. If anything, it challenges me (as a manager with not a lot of administrative experience, as we don't have a separate department to take care of it) to learn the ins & outs. This can be a learning curve when it comes to, say, automations and admin permissions, but a gentler one than I would expect.

Corey S.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Hospitality
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Payroll done simple enough for ANY staff member.

Reviewed on 30/5/2022

Gusto is extremely helpful and efficient. My team enjoys the "social media" aspect of it, where new...

Gusto is extremely helpful and efficient. My team enjoys the "social media" aspect of it, where new hires are introduced to the team before they even begin working. It goes a long way towards building a team. I would highly recommend Gusto to any small business trying to manage their staff. Onboarding is a breeze and gets the employees involved in their own financial matters. Even the least tech savvy person should be easily capable of following the necessary steps to be hired, paid, etc.

Pros

Employees are able to punch in and out using anything with an internet connection. Additionally, you can turn on Geolocation so that you can ensure the employee is actually on-site when they punch in & out. Best yet, they can actually leave notes in regards to what tasks were completed for the day. It's very helpful to have this built-in tracking feature for accountability with my very small staff.

Cons

Unfortunately, there is no effective scheduling tool (at least in my opinion), which forces me to go to another software provider for employee scheduling. Ideally, both scheduling and payroll could be done through the same web based software. This would also make it easier to compare scheduled vs. actually worked hours.

Alternatives Considered

Homebase

Reasons for Switching to Gusto

Homebase's payroll tools were not as intuitive or user friendly. However, we do use them for the staff scheduling aspect of the business.
Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Nonprofit Organisation Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Awful customer service

Reviewed on 26/4/2022

The software is ok but their customer service is grossly inadequate in critical area and they do...

The software is ok but their customer service is grossly inadequate in critical area and they do not seem to value customer loyalty

Pros

Does the basics well. Otherwise not very much to particularly like.

Cons

I have experienced significant issues with customer service. When you need help from their tax support specialists the delays are from 6-8 weeks. There is no way to get a supervisor or tax support person on the phone. They really dont seem to care about customer retention. We are planning to move our business. We cant afford to run afoul of taxing agencies because of no response from Gusto.

Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great for payroll

Reviewed on 8/3/2022

It's great for payroll. We don't pay for the leave management or other items because it is too...

It's great for payroll. We don't pay for the leave management or other items because it is too expensive, but the payroll features are great.

Pros

Gusto is great for it's payroll and benefits platform. They do exactly as they say they are going to do and take care of all tax liabilities on time, with no concern of being wrong or late.

Cons

Their customer service is terrible. You typically get a representative that tells you the same thing that is in their knowledge base and then can't escalate you to talk to someone actually knowledgeable but can request a call back. The call backs don't happen and you receive an email, which typically doesn't answer your question because the initial representative didn't pass along the information correctly.

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Payroll and ADP Workforce Now

Reasons for Choosing Gusto

Uzio failed to make tax payments on time, didn't setup our tax liabilities correctly with proof of correct paperwork, and have been an overall nightmare to work with.

Switched From

UZIO

Reasons for Switching to Gusto

Reputation and ease of integration with other platforms.
Sarah M.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Law Practice
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Go for Gusto!

Reviewed on 9/6/2022

Overall good. Value was good for the ease of access for employees and management

Overall good. Value was good for the ease of access for employees and management

Pros

I appreciated how ready it was to use from both the management side to the hourly side. It's easy to click on, out, and approve both. As well as handle time off requests and time of banks. Overall easy to use.

Cons

How long it took everything to load and how often I saw that terrible pig. Regardless of device or internet speed and connectivity.

Showing 5 reviews of 3,530 Read all reviews

Gusto FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Gusto.

Gusto offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$39.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Core: For smaller businesses with simple salaries, wages, and pay schedules. $39 per company + $6 per employee per month. Complete: For businesses with complex hiring, payroll, and team management needs. $39 per company + $12 per employee per month. Concierge: For businesses with more sophisticated HR, policy, and compliance needs. $149 per company + $12 per employee per month. Select: For growing businesses who need premium tools and dedicated support (minimum 25 employees). Talk to sales to create your custom plan. Contractor Only: For companies without W-2 employees. $6 per contractor per month.

Gusto has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

Gusto supports the following languages:

English

Gusto supports the following devices:

Gusto integrates with the following applications:

15Five, 7shifts, AccelOps 4, Accelo, AccountingSuite, Aplos, ApplicantPRO, Asana, AttendanceBot, Autobooks, BambooHR, Boast, Bonusly, Bookkeeper360, Boomer, Box, Brandly, Breezy, Brex, Buildertrend, ChartHop, ClienTrak! Spa & Salon Software, ClockShark, Clover, Dataddo, Deputy, Dext Prepare, Drata, Dropbox Business, EasyLlama, Expensify, FreshBooks, Fulfil.IO, GitHub, GoToMeeting, GoalSpan, Google Workspace, Greenhouse, Guideline, Homebase, Homebase AI, Housecall Pro, Hubstaff, Hubstaff Tasks, JazzHR, Jirav, Justworks Hours, KeldairHR, Lattice, OnTheClock.com, Online Check Writer, PerformYard Talent, Procare Online, Procare Solutions, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise, QuickBooks Online Advanced, QuickBooks Time, Quickbooks Online, SINC, Sapling, Secureframe, Shopify, Shopify Plus, Sling, SpotOn, Sunrise, Synder, Time Tracker, Timeero, Trainual, Traliant, Trello, Upserve, VGS, Vagaro, Vanta, Veryfi OCR API & SDK, Veryfi Receipts OCR & Expenses, Webex, When I Work, WizeHire, Workforce, Workforce, WorkforceHub, Workiz, Workyard, Xero, ZarMoney, ZipBooks, allGeo, monday.com, neo.tax

Gusto offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

Related categories

See all software categories found for Gusto.