Principal Software Engineer

Payroll Services

Posted on 5/7/2024



1,001-5,000 employees

Cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management solution

Data & Analytics


San Francisco, CA, USA + 2 more

Required Skills
  • At least 15 years of experience
  • Experience influencing/guiding the work of multiple teams on projects
  • Experience architecting, building, and testing large-scale distributed systems
  • Experience as a technical lead, overseeing the work of multiple teams on projects
  • An aptitude and interest in bringing clarity and simplicity to complex and ambiguous problems
  • Experience operationalizing and scaling large interconnected production systems
  • 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
  • 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 various teams
  • Mentor and grow fellow engineers
  • Drive the product development process from concept to launch
  • Improve team productivity and happiness with services, tools, and APIs
  • Engage in a highly supportive environment
  • Stay up-to-date with advancements in AI and Machine Learning

Gusto's mission is to help companies put people first. The company operates an online payroll, health benefits, and workers' compensation platform.

Company Stage

Series E

Total Funding



San Francisco, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



It’s a marathon, not a sprint: Employees celebrating 5 or 10 years at Gusto enjoy a month-long sabbatical to travel and relax after all their hard work.

Meals and conversations: Free meals, snacks, and drinks to keep us fueled, but more importantly: they bring people together and foster community.

Wellness for every body: We’re proud to offer inclusive health care such as hormone treatments, gender-affirming surgery, therapy, family planning, and more.

The time you need: Our flexible PTO policy means every employee is encouraged to take the time they need now to keep doing great work, long term.

Family-friendly benefits: Fertility treatments, primary and secondary parental leave, sleep coaching, house cleaning for new parents, and more.

Be well, be you: Get free, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, plus a monthly fitness stipend and mental health resources too.