Duty EXP is pretty great or GC Leves/Fates if you need seals. It's not as fast as blitzing through ques tlines but I think they built the game to give you a straight shot to 50 on one job via the storyline and anything else you want is on your time.
The game is far from a grind. I find myself bouncing from a variety of events based on what's available at the time. In less than 3 weeks playing at a very casual rate I've got WAR at 41/50. I think in that time frame for FFXI I managed to figure out that I didn't have to run to my mog house every time I wanted to heal HP and I MIGHT have seen the Dunes.
The only thing I long for in this game is the creativity. Players used to come up with such bananas gear sets and job combinations to just do one thing well. In 14, any half cocked gear set will let you do most things adequately.
Also fail eels.
Edited, Sep 17th 2013 2:40am by Busaman