I refuse to do PL... though I may eventually resort to it on the casting classes, as bard is about as close as I like to play those.
For me as a very casual player, leveling is about right. It's kinda to fast in some spots and waaaaaay to slow in others. However with only an hour or two to play per day randomly during the week and the random marathon session I gain between 1-3 levels solo via leves or 2-5 levels in a party once past 30. Parties below 30 take a bit more time to populate, but are still viable. Once you hit 45ish you'll speed through levels as you can join in the end game content with friends, help farm current end game items like totems or tapers for really quick XP, or spiritbond equipment parties.
FFXI:Sylph - Perrin 75 Hume THF; Retired (At least from my use any way)
EVE Online:ScraperX; Retired
WAR:IronClaw- Peryn SW;SkullThrone- Grymloc BO; Retired