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Staff Product Designer, Core Experiences

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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 Total Rewards philosophy

Product Design at Gusto is made up of over 60 creative, collaborative people who care deeply about our mission to empower small businesses and their employees. We’re a cross-functional bunch focused on Design, Research, Writing, Ops and Front-end Development who are always looking for opportunities to build understanding and empathy for the people who use Gusto. We don’t care a whole lot about swim lanes and we work closely with our partners in Product, Engineering, Data, and Marketing to design, build and ship experiences that make a difference. We are passionate advocates for thoughtful, crafted, and inclusive experiences and we believe great design can make hard things possible, even delightful. Read more about Design at Gusto.

The Core Experiences team builds the systems, models, and common UX that provides our customers with a product that feels cohesive, easy to use, and crafted with their needs in mind. Our domain encompasses the foundational data models, APIs, and UX concepts that teams across Gusto leverage to build high quality, cohesive experiences at scale. We also own critical shared surfaces such as Gusto’s task and notification system, team member profiles, reporting, and permissions. As a member of the Core Experiences team, you’ll have the opportunity to shape how Gusto’s 300,000+ customers grow and manage their teams. You’ll own end-to-end design in critical areas like permissions, workflow management, and team member lifecycle. You’ll also develop UX patterns to help the rest of Gusto build features that feel predictable, easy to use, and personalized to customers. 

Here’s what you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Work with cross-functional partners in Product Management, Engineering, and Data Science to understand customer problems, key opportunities in your domain, and define both the long term UX vision and also short term releases that unlock customer value
  • Collaborate with our Research, Data Science, and Customer Support teams to build a holistic understand of customer needs, and make sure they’re shared with your teams to inform their thinking, build empathy, and inform prioritization decisions
  • Design platform capabilities that accelerate delivery of predicable, scalable, high quality experiences for all our customers
  • Advocate for great UX, inspiring your teams with a strong point of view about what’s possible and aspirational for your product areas and Gusto as a whole
  • Hold high standards for the customer experience, including partnering with engineering partners to refine the end customer experience and ensure that what we release is bug free, performant, accessible, and responsive
  • Speak clearly to tradeoffs and the “Why” behind design decisions in terms non-designers can understand and participate in
  • Provide and seek feedback from other designers to always push the bar for quality
  • Lead designers on other teams in developing cohesive solutions for shared problems
  • You’ll drive team-wide impact through mentorship, fostering a culture of growth and collaboration 

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • 6-8 years' Product Design experience
    • Bonus for Gusto if you’ve worked in domains connected to HR like Payroll, Benefits, Finance, and/or Workforce Management.
  • A builder who loves being hands on crafting high quality, high impact solutions and getting them in front of customers
    • Experience designing and shipping products in complex domains informed by research, data, and insights from support teams demonstrated through a portfolio of work you’ve directly contributed to
    • Systems thinking, including using and contributing to a Design System and designing with a Platform-first approach
    • Ability to explain the impact of your work, tradeoffs you’ve made, lessons learned, and design rationale 
    • The ability to think long term towards a broader vision or step change, while being able to speak to scoping and sequencing to deliver iterative value
    • Experience balancing long-term design goals with an Agile-based iterative approach 
    • Strong communication skills and enthusiasm for collaborating across the entire company
  • Experience designing end-to-end customer journeys from software to service
  • Strong understanding of common web patterns, foundations, and the ability to discern when to innovate versus adopt existing standards
  • Strong opinions loosely held and a willingness to engage in constructive debates about scope and tradeoffs to build alignment and unblock work
  • Strong UX craft — you can break down complex experiences and design with consideration for all touchpoints 
  • Ability to embrace ambiguous situations as opportunities to create
  • Passion for Gusto’s mission and the impact we can have on the world

At Gusto, we strive to provide rewards that empower employees to achieve their financial and personal goals. We offer competitive compensation packages with a strong emphasis on equity based compensation (ownership in Gusto). To learn more about Gusto’s compensation philosophy and benefits offerings please view our Total Rewards Approach page.

Our cash compensation range for this role is $143,000/yr to $182,000/yr in Denver & most remote locations, and $185,000/yr to $219,000/yr in San Francisco & New York. 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 [email protected].

Questions & answers for this position
  • What is the type of contract for this position?
    The contract for this position is a Full-time contract
  • What's the salary range for the Staff Product Designer, Core Experiences position?
    The suggested salary for this position is $143,000-$182,000
  • Is telecommuting possible for this position?
    No, telecommuting is not possible for this position
About Gusto
Gusto is a company that provides a cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management software for businesses based in the United States.
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