Gusto Software Engineer Compensation

Uber Jfyv57
Jan 21 11 Comments

Hey, having a difficult time finding compensation numbers for an average software engineer at Gusto.

I’m not sure of the internal level mapping, but what would a similarly leveled L4 at Google, Uber, or Airbnb be making at Gusto?

Saw a 130k base target (not sure if thats true) but have no data on the stock compensation.

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  • Airbnb holywater
    Gusto’s TC is on the lower range. They gave me an offer where the TC was around $200k-$210k for an internal level that would logically map to “L5.” My other offers from other places I interviewed were all $390k+
    Mar 15 6
    • Gusto Polf
      Curious how you’re incorporating stock options when calculating TC. Not quibbling with your statement, just curious how you’re approaching it.
      Mar 19
    • Airbnb holywater
      amount of options * (preferred share price - price of common shares per last 409a)
      Mar 19
    • Gusto Polf
      Wow that sounds like a big gap then. Were your other offers at a similar stage to Gusto?
      Mar 19
    • Airbnb holywater
      Not same stage—pre-IPO or public
      Mar 19
    • Gusto Polf
      Gotcha. Thanks for sharing that.

      The current spread on ISOs is unlikely to match the present value of RSUs at a public or very near IPO company.

      If even assuming 2x spread doesn’t get most candidates (there will always be exceptions) to break even or better with public and very near IPO companies I would say there is a real problem in the comp structure.
      Mar 20
  • Gusto / Eng x1B4$rT8!
    We map from L1 (university hire) to L6 (I believe there is only one of these in the engineering org). Not sure how our levels map to other companies, but as a Gusto L3 I can tell you the base is ~$160k (SF) and stock should be about ~$70k/year for a new L3 hire (at our current preferred price) based on a recent grant from last November. Obviously, there’s a good bit of upside :) Happy to chat more if you like.
    Jan 22 2
    • Any yearly bonus and what are refreshers like?

      So can I expect tc to be around 230k?
      Jan 22
    • Gusto / Eng x1B4$rT8!
      There are a lot of variables that go into fair compensation. We pay market average in cash and above market in equity. The comp and equity bands are updated yearly and based on role, level, location and market data. At the moment, we don’t have a cash bonus program as we are more equity-heavy - we issue equity grants on promotions, refresh grants, as well as “extra mile” grants.
      Jan 22
  • Amazon NothinToLo
    ADP will smash Gusto one day
    Jan 22 0