Gusto offers fully integrated online HR services: payroll, benefits and everything else.

94% of customers are likely to recommend Gusto. Here’s why.

*Source: 2018 TechValidate survey of more than 600 Gusto customers

Compare Gusto to traditional payroll providers.

(Spoiler: They got nothing on us)

Traditional payroll providers often have clunky software, spotty service, and charge lots of extra fees. Gusto does things differently.*

Payroll Gusto Core ADP Run Paychex Flex Select QuickBooks Full Service
Full-service payroll
Unlimited payrolls pay per payroll pay per payroll
Automated federal and state tax filings
Direct deposit
File W2s extra fees extra fees
File 1099s extra fees
Multiple pay rates and schedules
Multiple states extra fees extra fees extra fees
Contractor payments
E-sign I-9 and W-4 extra fees
Household employer payroll
International payroll extra fees extra fees
Employee experience
Payroll self-onboarding extra fees
Lifetime access
Payday emails with fun facts
Google (G-suite) SSO
Benefits Gusto Core ADP Run Paychex Flex Select QuickBooks Full Service
Benefits administration
Health benefits pay premiums only premiums + fees pay premiums only
Workers' comp pay premiums only premiums + fees premiums + fees premiums + fees
Available add-ons
  • 401(k) retirement
  • 529 college savings
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • HRA
  • 401(k) retirement
  • Life and disability
  • HSA and FSA
  • HRA
HR features Gusto Complete ADP Run Complete & HR Paychex Flex Pro & HR QuickBooks Full Service
HR management
Time tracking extra fees extra fees TSheets integration only
Team directory and org chart extra fees
Time-off requests extra fees
Online offer letters
Secure document vault and e-signing extra fees
Gusto Concierge ADP Run Complete & HR Paychex Flex Pro & HR QuickBooks Full Service
HR resources
Custom employee handbook
Job description and policy templates extra fees
Proactive compliance updates
HR support and advisors
Certified HR pros
Direct phone line for dedicated support

*Competitive data as of December 2018

Compare Gusto to other HR solutions.

We put easy, reliable payroll at the core of our platform, and combine that with expert HR advisors and in-house benefits brokers to help you stay compliant (and carefree).

Online Payroll Services, HR, and Benefits | Gusto

Gusto builds payroll and benefits in-house so everything stays in sync. And with access to certified HR pros, you always know who to call for help.

Businesses looking for all-in-one HR may consider Zenefits for their many HR features. However, Zenefits outsources some core functionality, like benefits to a third-party brokerage. This means data could frequently move between different systems, increasing the risk for errors. And with no phone line for Zenefits support, it could be even more difficult to resolve issues.

Gusto is built to be reliable, simple, and easy to use for small businesses. With payroll at the core of our platform, benefits deductions, PTO balances, and employee data stays dependably in sync.

Namely offers an all-in-one HR platform with a focus on employee engagement. However, Namely is tailored to larger businesses, and features such as payroll and benefits are add-ons—not core to their platform. They also charge extra fees per employee for these additional services.

Gusto is built for small businesses. With years of experience and payroll expertise in all 50 states, we integrate with accounting software and offer access to HR experts and tons of integrated benefits, like health insurance, 401(k) plans, and more.

BambooHR offers HR software to manage larger teams and PTO. They do not offer payroll, benefits or HR advisory services.

With Gusto’s Concierge plan, you get on-call compliance experts to help with HR, payroll, and benefits, along with great software that does payroll tax filings, W-2s, and 1099s all for you. The cost per employee is often much lower, and you retain full control over your employees’ and company’s data.

PEOs, such as TriNet, offer businesses the ability to fully outsource their HR and payroll. While this can make compliance easier for small businesses, it can come at a high cost per employee. PEO customers can end up paying for a bunch of extra services they don’t use. They also tend to give up flexibility and visibility in how they manage their employees.

Compare Gusto against Zenefits, Namely, BambooHR, and PEOs.

*Competitive data as of December 2018


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*Competitive data on this page was collected as of December 2018 and is subject to change or update. Gusto does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page. All Gusto services listed in the payroll features comparison chart are provided by Gusto or by one of Gusto's trusted partners.

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