Gusto - Top Competitors (Jan 2023)

Gusto HR Review
ITQlick Score: 99/100
ITQlick Rating:
Pricing: 4/10 - average cost
Category: Human Resources -> Gusto review -> Gusto competitors
Ranking:Ranked 1 out of 584 Human Resources systems
Company: Gusto
Pricing: starts at $39 per month
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Cloud
Links: Gusto review, Gusto pricing guide
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Jan 28, 2023

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Gusto vs. Alternatives in 2023

In the payroll and HR software category, Gusto has the following software options as its top alternatives: Namely, Paylocity, Paychex Flex, and Rippling. In select aspects below, Gusto is compared to its top competitors:
  • Cloud/On-premise: Gusto is a fully cloud-based payroll and HR software solution. In comparison, all top alternatives of Gusto Payroll are fully cloud-based solutions.
  • Cost: Gusto Payroll pricing starts at $45 per month. Add-ons are available, and no free trial or free version is offered. In comparison, Rippling pricing starts at $8 per user per month, while the other top alternatives do not disclose their pricing details.
  • Customers/Industries: Gusto targets businesses across various industries and is typically used by solo contractors, team leads, and small business employers. In comparison, all top Gusto Payroll alternatives target similar customers and industries— businesses of all sizes in tech, finance, healthcare, nonprofit, etc.
  • Functionality: Gusto has typical functionalities for payroll and HR software like full-service payroll, accounting integrations, onboarding checklists, etc. Compared to its top alternatives, Gusto does not have the learning management feature available on Rippling.
  • Popularity: Gusto was founded in 2011. The company is valued at over $9 billion and has raised over $600 million in funding. Over 200,000 businesses use Gusto Payroll. In comparison, Paychex Flex serves over 700,000 businesses, Namely has raised over $200 million in funding, and Paylocity won the HR Tech award for Best SMB-focused Software for Talent Development.
  • Scalability: Gusto can support businesses of all sizes and stages, whether small, medium, or large-scale. In comparison, Namely is built to support teams in midsized businesses, while the other alternatives can support businesses of all sizes.
  • Support: Gusto offers the following support channel options to its users: email, phone, and a knowledge base. In comparison, Namely has no phone support; Rippling has live chat support, Paychex Flex support is available 24/7, while Paylocity does not have email support.

Gusto vs. Alternatives (pricing table)

Software

Pricing

Free Trial 

Gusto 

$40 - $60 per employee per month  

90 days 

Workday  

$45-62  per employee per month   

30 days

APS

$5 - $11 per employee per month 

Free trial unavailable

Rippling  

$8  per employee per month  

Free trial unavailable

ADP Workforce Now  

$19-26  per employee per month  

No free trial 

Paylocity   

$18-25  per employee per month   

Free trial unavailable

Gusto's Free Alternative

Free alternatives to Gusto include Fluida and Freshteam. Fluida's free plan offers access to the directory of company, email support for around ten users, and time and attendance features. On the other hand, Freshman is designed to help businesses in finding, screening, interviewing, and hiring qualified individuals for multiple roles.

Gusto alternatives - for small & large Company

Here are the top 4 alternatives to Gusto that are worth checking out: Workday for SMBs, Kronos Workforce Ready for large size business, BambooHR for growing companies, and Eddy for low budget organizations.

ITQlick rating ITQlick Rating is based on the software score (below) and aggregated online reviews
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Pricing pricing Score is a 1 to 10 score, based on the TCO (cost of licences, customizations, training, hardware when relevant) Vs. alternative solutions
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