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Datastores Infrastructure Engineer

Gusto

Gusto

Other Engineering
Denver, CO, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2024


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.

San Francisco, Denver, New York, Seattle WA Remote locations vary

Gusto’s Storage Infrastructure Engineering team builds consistent, scalable, and secure storage infrastructure using tools like terraform to manage technologies like Mysql, Postgres, Redis, Kafka, S3, and Vitess.

Here’s what you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Design and implement production grade systems that optimize for resiliency while limiting complexity
  • Plan and execute complex and challenging migrations that help Gusto move forward from legacy systems to more efficient, scalable, modern designs.
  • Establish standards and build deterministic automation while optimizing for data consistency and security
  • Continually improve the on call experience by proposing and implementing long term oriented solutions while optimizing for the sustainability of on call.

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • 5+ years experience with a scripting language like bash or python, as well as linux
  • 2+ years of experience working in depth with database technologies like Mysql, Postgres, or Vitess
  • Strong work ethic and self starter who finds a way to operate effectively amidst ambiguity
  • Systems Thinking approach to complex systems who seeks to identify small changes that can create big impact.
  • Resilient problem solver capable of doing whatever it takes to get work done in service of our peers as well as the entire Gusto customer base.
  • Effective communicator that can simplify complex topics and communicate persuasive ideas

Potentially Relevant Experience:

    • Experience designing elegant but simple systems that optimize for resiliency, but can be easily maintained and operated upon
    • Experience with cloud platforms like AWS (preferred), GCP, or Azure and correlated IaaS management tools such Terraform (preferred) or pulumi
    • Experience migrating to a horizontally sharded database system
    • Experience leading incident remediation for complex system

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $175,000/yr to $220,000/yr in Denver & most remote locations, and $216,000/yr to $265,000/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 candidate-accommodations@gusto.com.