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$6.00/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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$6.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Gusto: 68

  • 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
  • For Accountants
  • For Cloud
  • For Small Businesses
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • 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
  • Web-based Deployment
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(3,696)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Trevor
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Best platform for payroll, benefits & more

Reviewed on 13/12/2019

Overall it has been great to have everything in one place. Before we used Zenefits and Gusto and...

Overall it has been great to have everything in one place. Before we used Zenefits and Gusto and moved everything to Gusto. Its been a good move.

Pros

It simple to use and does everything we need to run the primary administrative tasks for our business.

Cons

The HSA feature did not move over seamlessly from Zenefits and is more expensive for a small team to have and the 401k option has been a bit of work to get moved over.

Alternatives Considered

Zenefits

Reasons for Choosing Gusto

We had benefits in Zenefits and payroll in Gusto when both companies concentrated on these areas. Once they both begin offering both we weighed our options to combine everything into a single platform. It seemed like Gusto was headed in the right direction more than Zenefits.

Switched From

Zenefits
Crystal
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Very nice, easy way to get paid

Reviewed on 6/12/2022

This allowed me to get paid quickly from a contractor without any additional fees or charges such...

This allowed me to get paid quickly from a contractor without any additional fees or charges such as what I would get if I used Paypal or Square instead. It was nice that it went right into my checking account, too, saving me the step of having to make that transfer myself because the money went into another company's account balance instead.

Pros

It was reliable, never had any issues receiving payments, and payments went directly into my checking account with no fees or extra charges.

Cons

I would have liked communication about when a transaction was beginning (payment was initiated) instead of only getting one when it was complete.

Mark
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  • Industry: Semiconductors
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Forced BioMetric Scanning is Invasion of Privacy

Reviewed on 5/12/2022

Terrible experience, customer service not knowledgeable and not empowered.After a week of working...

Terrible experience, customer service not knowledgeable and not empowered.After a week of working with customer service, they had gotten absolutely nothing accomplished and not been in communication of status along the way. Pretty much just did nothing.

Pros

Getting paid, when it works, however at this point Gusto has completely failed in this mission.

Cons

Difficult to use, support staff took days to respond and never resolved the issue.No solution, even though support said it was a major software bug.Prevented payment processing entirely for validation that could be done over the phone.

Sarah
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Gusto payroll review

Reviewed on 30/9/2022

Gusto is a good low-cost software for payroll. Customer support is uneven, mostly due to Covid....

Gusto is a good low-cost software for payroll. Customer support is uneven, mostly due to Covid. They are focusing their efforts on mid-sized or larger companies.

Pros

Gusto integrates well with Quickbooks Online. It's also fairly easy to onboard new clients/employees.

Cons

he reports are hard to figure out. I've had trouble looking finding what I'm looking for. Don't like how their journal entries work.

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Payroll

Reasons for Choosing Gusto

Quickbooks online is expensive and bad. Paychex made a mistake on a W2, and they took three months to fix it.

Reasons for Switching to Gusto

Quickbooks and Paychex have terrible customer service so I was looking for a company that costs less and has better service.
Malcolm
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

I Get Paid!

Reviewed on 17/12/2022

Pros

As a freelance/contract designer and content creator, I like using this software and being paid by more than one client from different industries is possible.

Cons

As someone getting paid, the backend seems a little confusing to me, but I hope my clients feel secure and enjoy the ease of use, so paying me for my time and efforts doesn't cause them more time and effort.

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Gusto FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Gusto.

Gusto offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Simple: For smaller businesses with simple salaries, wages, and pay schedules. $40 per company + $6 per employee per month. Plus: For businesses with complex hiring, payroll, and team management needs. $80 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. Premium: 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, Lendio, OnTheClock.com, Online Check Writer, PerformYard, Procare Online, Procare Solutions, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise, QuickBooks Online Advanced, QuickBooks Time, Quickbooks Online, SINC, Sapling, Secureframe, Shopify, Shopify Plus, Sling, SpotOn, Synder, Time Tracker, Timeero, Trainual, Traliant, Trello, Upserve, Uptick, VGS, Vagaro, Vanta, Veryfi OCR API & SDK, Veryfi Receipts OCR & Expenses, Webex, When I Work, WizeHire, 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

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