At Gusto, 97 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 150 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.65. It was published on Nov 21, 2016. 1424 Visitors

What Employees Say

People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Management is competent at running the business.
You can count on people to cooperate.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Gusto to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

By making the most complicated business tasks simple and personal, Gusto is reimagining HR, payroll, and benefits for over 40,000 companies nationwide.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California US Sites: 2
Major Locations: San Francisco, California US Employees: 315
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2011

Gusto has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2017 (ranked 36)

Our Denver office is filled with natural light

Perks and Programs

We asked Gusto to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Anniversary Perks (#FlyAway: One way we encourage employees to recharge is through anniversary celebrations! #FlyAway – Gusto employees receive a round-trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world on their one-year anniversary #ThrillorChill – $500 on their 2nd, 3rd and 4th anniversaries to spend on an experience or a treat #FlyAway and #StayAway - after the 5-year anniversary, receive a round-trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and a month-long paid sabbatical
  • Little Bundle of Joy Benefit: We are in it for the long term and hope our Gusties are too. We help celebrate by welcoming their bundles of joy with a benefit package. Please see the benefits below: Paid Primary Parental Leave: 16 weeks Paid Secondary Parental Leave: 8 weeks Extras: - Baby care package - Food delivery during your leave - House cleaning for the first 6 months - Sleep coaching
  • Unlimited PTO: Gusto has a “take what you need” PTO policy. We trust everyone to make personal decisions about when to take time off. Everyone on the team is an owner of the business, and we all understand that the more we invest in the business, the more successful it will be. At the same time, it is equally important for us to rest, recharge, and spend time with family and friends.
  • Inclusive Fertility Benefits: Gusto is proud to announce that we offer fully insured fertility benefits with no diagnosis of infertility needed. This groundbreaking initiative means we are the first company in California to provide fertility treatments to our LGBTQ employees and their same-sex partners. - Gender Confirmation Surgery - Gender Dysphoria treatment involving inpatient, outpatient, and/or pharmacy benefits - Infertility Treatment which is a $20,000 Lifetime Maximum Benefit (non-taxable) - No requirement of medical diagnosis of infertility - In vitro fertilization, Artificial Insemination, GIFT, and ZIFT - Female Ovum and Male Gamete retrieval - Ovum and Gamete Short-term Storage
  • Gustaway: Gustaway is an annual company-wide retreat where Gusties take a step back from the day-to-day and get to know each other outside the office. In 2016 we did everything from improv workshops to archery at Camp Navarro.
  • Community: At Gusto, we believe that building and fostering our sense of team and community is one of the most important things we can do for our business and also for the happiness and well-being of our employees. We want people to take some time to relax and get to know one another in order to build strong working and personal relationships. Here are some of the ways we promote this: - Company “field trips” – day trips to nearby areas for team bonding - Nutritious and delicious food plus free flowing snacks & drinks - Weekly in-office yoga classes. Namaste! - Friends & Family Fridays - we care about Gusto employees AND we care about their families! Monthly dinners bring us all together over delicious food and drinks


8% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 8% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Subsidized public transportation
We like having comfortable and casual places to collaborate, like this booth


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)


    80 days Job-protected maternity leave80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    80 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take40 days Job-protected paternity leave
    40 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)40 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents80 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Flu shots
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
    • Medical care covers gender reassignment surgery

    Executive Diversity

    Halloween party at Gusto


    We have a shoeless office so we have shoe racks in the lobby

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Gusto for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    Service Mindset: At Gusto every team follows a customer-centric approach.

    No Egos: At Gusto we always put the company’s mission before personal interests. Intellectually Curious: At Gusto we innovate and push ourselves by asking “Why?”

    Embrace Change: At Gusto we adapt, evolve, and understand that change is the only constant.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Our drivers of hiring are (in order of priority):

    Shared values — This is what someone stands for. They don’t have work and personal values. They just have who they are. We don’t have the answer to what makes a great person in general but we know what makes a great person at Gusto.

    Aligned motivations — People are 10x when they really care about the problem they’re solving and the customer they’re helping.

    Relevant skill set — No one is here to be a cheerleader. Everyone should be responsible for a specific area and think like an owner so that their work helps the company achieve its goals.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    Our open positions are posted at

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Our open positions are posted at

    hiring Outlook

    150 Job openings forecast for coming year 58% Job Growth
    40% New hires by employee referrals Yes Recruits on college campuses
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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