What Is Gusto?

Whether you’re just getting started or scaling your fast-growing business, Gusto is the partner you need to 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.

Who Uses Gusto?

Gusto is the all-in-one HR platform for growing businesses. No matter the size or stage of your company, Gusto puts the tools you need to hire, pay, and manage your team at your fingertips.

Where can Gusto be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based

About the vendor

  • Gusto
  • Located in San Francisco, US
  • Founded in 2011
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

United States

Languages

English

About the vendor

  • Gusto
  • Located in San Francisco, US
  • Founded in 2011
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

United States

Languages

English

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Features of Gusto

  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Applicant Tracking Software
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • COBRA Administration
  • Check Printing
  • Compensation Management Software
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management Software
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Multi-State
  • Onboarding Software
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Self Service Portal
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Tracking Software
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Workflow Management Software

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Reviews of Gusto

Average score

Overall
4.7 (3,545)
Ease of Use
4.7 (3,545)
Customer Service
4.4 (3,545)
Features
4.5 (3,545)
Value for Money
4.5 (3,545)

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Kalen rainbow K.
Kalen rainbow K.
Managing director in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Sports, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Gusto - a breeze for small biz

5.0 2 months ago New

Comments: 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.
General Manager in US
Hospitality, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Payroll done simple enough for ANY staff member.

5.0 last month New

Comments: 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.

Shannon T.
Shannon T.
Owner in US
Verified LinkedIn User
E-Learning, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Gusto Free Trial

3.0 last week New

Comments: I ended it after the free trial

Pros:

It was an all in one software for payroll

Cons:

I didn’t really like the paying per contractor

Verified Reviewer
President in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Food & Beverages, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Great for payroll

4.0 4 months ago

Comments: 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.

Sarah M.
Paralegal in US
Law Practice, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Go for Gusto!

4.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: 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.