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Software Engineer (Sr. Staff)

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$193k - $272k





  • Contribute to creating a world where work empowers a better life at Gusto, a modern people platform for small businesses

  • Lead innovative projects in customer-facing products, driving technical advancements and scaling applications

  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies, collaborate cross-functionally, and oversee large-scale projects as a Senior Staff Software Engineer


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 .

We’re hiring deeply experienced engineers to join our teams that work on our customer-facing products, developing features and iterating across our platform. As a Gusto Software Engineer at this level, you’ll oversee large-scale projects end-to-end by driving technical innovation and ongoing improvements for deployed features. If you’re interested in building elegant software with far-reaching effects in our modern economy, join us!

Here’s what you’ll do day to day:

  • Architect, build, and test Gusto’s product suite the spans across Payroll, Benefits, HR, Time, Tax Credits, and more

  • Lead other engineers to innovate on some of the hardest technical problems out there in very complex domains and at a large scale

  • Drive in scaling one of the largest Ruby/Rails and Javascript/React applications in the world

  • Own the cross-functional alignment with Product Management, Design, and Business teams to understand customer pain points, come up with solutions, and then prototype, iterate, and launch daily

  • Build a product that our customers genuinely love

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Successful applicants will typically have at least 12+ years of professional software development experience

  • Experience leading the innovation of customer-facing products and technical management of large projects end-to-end

  • Drive the quality of writing, testing and debugging code for highly reliable production systems at scale

  • Advanced data modeling skills and hands-on building well-structured, easily maintainable, well-documented code

  • Passion for creating memorable experiences for customers

  • Expertise in complex product development problems -- we use Rails & React

  • Appreciation for a collaborative, test-driven environment

  • 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