Benefits and Insights

Why use Gusto?

Key differentiators & advantages of Gusto

  • Easy-to-Use: Gusto easily guides users through set-up and features a user-friendly interface. 85% of clients state that Gusto is easier to use than previous systems they’ve tried. 
  • Cost Effective: Gusto offers users a one-month free trial before fully implementing the system. After the trial period users are charged on either a monthly basis or based on a price quote, depending on the business's needs. 
  • Assures Compliance: The solutions ability to check for updated tax law ensures that the proper documents are filed on time and in accordance with the most recent legislation. 75% of clients believe that Gusto makes compliance easier. 
  • Saves Time: Automatically process payroll and generate file tax documents. 75% of clients are able to process payroll in less than 10 minutes. 

Industry Expertise

Gusto serves more than 60,000 clients nationwide. They process billions of dollars in payroll and benefits annually for their clients.

Key Features

  • Automated Taxes: Gusto is able to automatically calculate, file and pay all payroll taxes in accordance with local and federal legislation. This includes both W-2’s and 1099 forms for employees and independent contractors. 
  • Payroll Reports: Users are able to generate and download a variety of reports for payroll history, bank transactions, paid time off and more. 
  • Calendar Sync: Payroll deadlines, birthdays and employee anniversaries can all be synced to your calendar in Google, Outlook or iCalendar. 
  • e-Signature: Users are able to sign and file important documents and forms electronically. This includes W-2’s, form 1099, form 940, 941 and form 8974. 


Some of the product limitations include:
  •  Gusto does not offer integrated background check capabilities. 
  •  The solution does not offer a mobile app. 
  •  Gusto does not offer attendance management functionality. 
  •  Gusto does not provide multi-country support. 
  •  The solution does not support compensation management. 

Gusto Suite Support

mail_outlineEmail: Gusto offers email support to their subscribers and are available to answer specific questions via email. Web-based support is also available to subscribers through the online platform.
phonePhone: Phone support is available to all subscribers Monday-Friday during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.
schoolTraining: Gusto offers free learning resources to the public through their resources tab. The Help Center also offers specific information on how to set-up and use various features within the platform.

Cost of Ownership for Gusto

License/Subscription Cost
  • Gusto offers a subscription-based pricing model that is based on the number of users.
Maintenance Cost
  • The maintenance cost is included in the subscription fee.
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • There is neither an installation nor an implementation cost.
Customization CostPricing may vary depending on functional requirements such as health benefits, retirement plans, commuter benefits, etc.
Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching CostGusto provides free migration services while transitioning to the platform.
Recurring/Renewal CostsThe cost is equivalent to the monthly subscription fee.
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Gusto Reviews

The following reviews for Gusto are taken from the SelectHub ReviewFeed which collects and aggregates reviews from across a variety of online review platforms.

Software / IT
2 - 9
Great customer service!
Easy to use, time saving and great customer service!
Cost a little more than some competitors but worth it.
Accounting / CPA
20 - 49
Very User-Friendly But Not Great For Small Companies
Very user-friendly. Each of our employees are able to access their Gusto account to look at their paystubs and benefits. Setting up terminations, new hires, off-cycle payrolls are pretty easy too. Clean and elaborate website to navigate around.
We had an issue during our benefits renewal process with Gusto. Our Benefits coordinator and our Rewnewal coordinator kept trying to pass us around to someone else. We had been assigned to 4 different coordinators over the course of a week and a half.
What Gusto provides is very helpful, but the customer service is not up to par for our personal experience with them.
Other Services
2 - 9
Gusto takes no responsibility for their software defects
The only thing I ever liked about Gusto was that it was a low-cost solution. That was until we were hit with thousands of dollars in fines from the Dept. of Labor for being non-compliant on workers compensation when Gusto said we were compliant. So, in conclusion, there are no "pros" to using Gusto.
Using Gusto led directly to getting hit with an $18,000 penalty from the Department of Labor for being non-compliant for workers compensation. This was Gusto's fault, as our Gusto dashboard said that we were compliant when in reality, we were not (we submitted screenshots to prove it). Gusto reported that this was a "bug" and blamed the issue on a third party partner they use, who in turn blamed Gusto. No one accepted responsibility or offered any assistance. We were forced to negotiate directly with the Department of Labor and ended up paying a reduced penalty, which still cost us thousands of dollars.
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