Who Uses Gusto?

Gusto is built for modern employers. Easy-to-use, cloud-based HR software, backed by expert support. No need to outsource: Gusto helps you take care of your team like a pro, in record time.

What Is Gusto?

Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 200,000 businesses nationwide.

Gusto Details

Gusto

https://gusto.com

Founded 2011

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Gusto deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Gusto Features

  • ACA Reporting
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Administration Outsourcing
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • COBRA Administration
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deduction Management
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Self Service
  • FMLA Administration
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Provider Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • HR Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Leave Tracking
  • Onboarding
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Succession Planning
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Feedback Management
  • HR Management
  • Job Description Management
  • Learning Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mentorship
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Training Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Check Printing
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Direct Deposit
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Expense Tracking
  • Leave Tracking
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-State
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Outsourcing
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Workflow Management

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Gusto Reviews

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Overall rating

4,7/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4,7
Customer Service 4,5
Features 4,5
Value for Money 4,5

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Alicia D.
Alicia D.
Lawyer
Legal Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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    10/10
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  • Reviewed on 2020/06/12

"I’m an employment lawyer and I consistently recommend Gusto to my clients"

Comments: Customer support is great. This is a good company. They aren’t the cheapest. And they aren’t the most expensive. I think the extra cost is worth it to ensure compliance.

Pros: Gusto is easy and straightforward to use. But it doesn’t sacrifice accuracy for ease. What I like most about Gusto is that it makes it easy for small businesses to be legally compliant with complicated wage laws across jurisdictions. I haven’t found a legal error yet — and I can’t say that about any other payroll software or service I’ve worked with over the last 15 years.

Cons: I wish the price didn’t jump up so much for time clock feature. Getting clients to use the integrated time clock can be a challenge, and it creates unnecessary problems. It should be included in the base fee.

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  • Reviewed on 2020/06/12
Brenton W.
Bookkeeper
Accounting, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/09/16

"The best payroll service period! I'm always recommending to others!"

Comments: From my very first client to the many I've added since, Gusto has been easy to get in touch with.

Pros: Setting up the company is a breeze. It walks you through every step to help make sure you have all the information correct. It'll even show you how to get state and local tax numbers, if needed.
Setting up employees is even easier! All you need is the employees name, pay rate, and email! How crazy is that. After you enter that information, and email gets sent to the new employee to fill out all their paperwork online. Remember though to get their i-9 forms, because once they are done filling out their paperwork, you'll need to verify their i-9 docs, but it's way too easy!! Haha.
Let's run payroll. Well, if it's the same each time, you can have it set up to go auto. Set it and forget it! If not, again, they make it easy. Click run payoll. Enter the times for your employees, days off, yada yada, and then submit. If you need to make a change to an employee while running payroll, just click on their name and it pulls them up for editing.
Gusto submits all tax payments and reports too. Even submits child support!

Cons: One time deductions. I would love to see that feature. As for now, you have to create a deduction on the employee screen, then go back to the process payroll screen. I wish it could be added to the other more detailed pay options.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/09/16
Ian C.
owner
Health, Wellness & Fitness, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
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    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/01/21

"Wasted my time and money, was literally counting the days until the end of the fiscal year."

Comments: negative, cumbersome, patronizing, too expensive.

Pros: Nothing. I was migrated to it from XERO, when they decided to no longer do payroll

Cons: Honestly, I HATED the stupid animated piggy bank. Probably seems trivial, but it seemed emblematic of a company that was more concerned about making their software look like an iPhone app, than making it work well. The payroll was cumbersome. It woudn't let me do payroll early, or late. It basically made me run payroll within a two day window. Bank account low? Still made you run payroll, or would hassle you about messages about being late. Want to go on vacation and do a couple weeks of payroll early? Nope, out of luck. When they told me they would manage my health care premiums, I thought, great! Nope, after a week of emails and after several phone calls, I found out they were just trying to be group managers, and insurance brokers by offering me different insurers that I could choose. Zero help if I already had a group plan set up. Plus too expensive. Patriot is way simpler, and way cheaper. I do see lots of my millenial patients that are working for startups that probably won't be in business in 5 years seem to have Gusto as their payroll, so I'm just not the business that Gusto is a fit for.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/01/21
Jessi F.
Director of Marketing and Operations
Food Production, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/05/28

"Gusto is my favorite payroll software ever!!"

Comments: Great customer service, great value, great UI, I've referred to to so many people already.

Pros: It's like someone was listening to me complain about Quickbooks payroll and ADP (and Tsheets) and made a software just for me. It's so simple - I was using an accountant to run payroll through ADP - Gusto saves so much time I can do it myself.

Cons: The reporting tools aren't super robust.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/05/28
Erik M.
Erik M.
Owner
Marketing & Advertising, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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  • Features & Functionality
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/05/23

"Great HR Option for Small Businesses"

Comments: As an owner/operator starting out, I ran into problems implementing other payroll systems for our company. Luckily I came across Gusto and got things up and running g fast. We’ve been using it ever since.

Pros: Easy on boarding and constantly communicating with our management staff has kept Gusto in its place of being our payroll management system for our employees.

Cons: It’s a little pricey, especially since we don’t use all of the available features but it’s a good system overall.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/05/23