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Sr. Staff Payroll Services Engineer

Gusto

Gusto

Accounting & Finance
New York, NY, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · Denver, CO, USA · United States · San Francisco, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024


About 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 300,000 businesses nationwide.

Our mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life, and it starts right here at Gusto. That’s why we’re committed to building a collaborative and inclusive workplace, both physically and virtually. Learn more about our Total Rewards philosophy.

About the Role:

We’re hiring seasoned engineers to join our teams that work on core platform capabilities, improving our existing systems for extensibility and scalability, and building the future of Gusto's Payroll system. As a Gusto Software Engineer at this level, you’ll be guiding projects end-to-end by influencing initial feature specs, understanding how to take existing systems closer to desired end states, executing on projects, and maintaining code that powers core experiences. If you’re interested in building elegant software with far-reaching effects in our modern economy, join us!

About the Team:

Payroll is the beating heart of Gusto’s business. Payroll Services teams are responsible for the product, ops, and service components Gusto uses to onboard customers, process payrolls, calculate taxes & deductions, pay and file with tax agencies, and maintain compliance on behalf of the customers. The domain is highly complex and offers the opportunity to engage in system design that simplifies this for customers, both internal and external.

Here’s what you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Design, build, and test the foundation that supports compliant payroll for millions of people
  • Help scale one of the largest Ruby/Rails and TypeScript/React applications in the world
  • Collaborate on complex and ambiguous problems with partnerships from Engineering, Product Management, Design, Data Science, Compliance, Operations, and other cross-functional teams
  • Build the software platform that powers multiple 1st and 3rd party products and serves millions of businesses.
  • Mentor and grow fellow engineers working to create holistic and scalable solutions
  • Drive the product development process from concept to launch, delivering delightful products that make payroll, taxes, and compliance simple and easy
  • Improve the productivity and happiness of our teams with the services, tools, and APIs you build
  • Engage in a highly supportive environment working with others to drive productivity and innovation

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • Successful applicants typically have at least 12 years of experience
  • Experience influencing/guiding the work of multiple teams on projects
  • Experience architecting, building, and testing large-scale production level code
  • An aptitude and interest in bringing clarity and simplicity to complex and ambiguous problems
  • Ability to communicate technical complexity and help facilitate informed tradeoffs
  • Enthusiasm for a collaborative, test-driven environment
  • Able to build maintainable, structured, well-documented code
  • Experience in one of these would be nice, but not required:
    • HR, Payroll, Payments, Fintech, or Tax products
    • AI/Machine Learning

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $193,000/yr to $231,000/yr in Denver & most remote locations, and $228,000/yr to $272,000/yr for San Francisco & New York. Stock equity is additional. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.


Gusto has physical office spaces in Denver, San Francisco, and New York City. Employees who are based in those locations will be expected to work from the office on designated days approximately 2-3 days per week (or more depending on role). The same office expectations apply to all Symmetry roles, Gusto's subsidiary, whose physical office is in Scottsdale.

Note: The San Francisco office expectations encompass both the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas.

When approved to work from a location other than a Gusto office, a secure, reliable, and consistent internet connection is required.


Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto.

Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you require assistance in filling out a Gusto job application, please reach out to candidate-accommodations@gusto.com.